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Casino traffic raises concern

<p>Calgary-Elbow MLA Craig Cheffins said the provincial government has “got the cart before the horse” for allowing a Tsuu T’ina casino complex to go ahead without planning for area transportation woes.</p>

Area needs ring road, MLA says



darren krause/metro calgary


Calgary-Elbow MLA Craig Cheffins is concerned about increase in traffic with the opening of a new casino.





Calgary-Elbow MLA Craig Cheffins said the provincial government has “got the cart before the horse” for allowing a Tsuu T’ina casino complex to go ahead without planning for area transportation woes.





Cheffins is flabbergasted the Tories didn’t make the ring road part of the negotiation with the Tsuu T’ina nation’s casino licence, saying no foresight was put into giving the green light for this project.





“Realistically, this casino (the Grey Eagle) has gone ahead of the ring road and that makes no sense whatsoever,” said Cheffins. “We need this ring road and we need this built right now.”





The MLA said bringing the issue to the floor of the legislature has resulted in the transportation minister responding, “we’ll build the ring road someday.”





“Well, ‘some day’ is just not satisfactory to the people in the surrounding communities,” said Cheffins.





Increased traffic has caused concerns among residents, including Lakeview homeowner Liz Bergeron.





“The interchange here (at 37 St SW and Glenmore Trail) is already at max,” she said.





“People coming out of the casino, they’re going to head straight south on 37th, through 63rd and find their way home on other avenues right through our community — and that’s not acceptable.”





The city has been unable to move forward on the interchange because the province has dragged its heels on negotiations with the Tsuu T’ina, according to Cheffins.





Access to the casino is directly off of 37 St SW, not far from the intersection with Glenmore Trail.




darren.krause@metronews.ca














More cars on road



  • An estimated 4,000 cars will be added to the road in local communities, with room for 1,100 cars in the parking lot at the casino — which opened for business yesterday afternoon at 4 p.m.



 
 
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