Some vocal residents of Rocky Ridge and Royal Oak convinced council to have another look before closing a major commuter road that goes through their community.
“I’ve been in the community for two and a half years, said Mario Gayda, a Rocky Ridge resident and engineer, adding, “I was just made aware of closure last fall.”
The project, which has been in the works for years, would connect Crowchild Trail. with the northwest ring road — easing traffic woes in that part of the city.
“The issue for us is not the inconvenience of road closure and noise level, but safety risk,” said Lauree Phillips a Rocky Ridge resident.
Rocky Ridge Road is too close to where the interchange would be built and would have to close permanently to make room for the infrastructure.
About a dozen homeowners showed up at council armed with a 2,000 signature petition and alternate plans to keep the road from closing this June when construction is scheduled to start.
The city agreed to approach the province about alternative plans for the Stoney Trail interchange which could keep Rocky Ridge Road open at Crowchild.
It will be back on the city’s agenda in April.