- All roads that provide access to and from the Ascension development exist – Blueridge Rise along the south border and Bearspaw Road to the northwest.
- No new roads will be built, only a traffic circle is proposed at the intersection of Blueridge Rise and 12 Mile Coulee Road.
- Overall increase in traffic volumes on these roads is inevitable.
- Commercial traffic will use Blueridge Rise.
- Walking along these roads is dangerous.
- Why is Ascension not upgrading existing roads, providing its own alternative access, and sidewalk pathways? What is the slope at intersections and details of retaining walls along the roadways?
Major traffic circles are proposed at Blueridge Rise and 12 mile Coulee to allow access to Blueridge and Tuscany. There is a second traffic circle proposed at the intersection of Blueridge Rise and Blueridge View that will allow primary access to the high density residential area. There are two access points to the Market Mall along Blueridge Rise which will be converted to a four lane roadway with a median down the middle. No access to the mall or residential area I planned directly off 12 mile coulee or service roads off 1A. Thousands of vehicular traffic by the hour.
- Both Blueridge Rise and Bearspaw Road are local roads designed for low levels of traffic in acreage communities. Traffic volumes on these roads will substantially increase as compared to current levels, create congestion and further disrupt a peaceful rural environment.
- The proposed traffic circle on 12 Mile Coulee Road will not solve future traffic congestion.
- This proposal will provide a significant impact on municipal servicing costs and proximity of development to existing road and servicing infrastructure; Blueridge community, a country residential community, is separate to this development but adjacent to; therefore, there should be no access, use, or expansion of Blueridge Rise road<
- The additional traffic will make access to and from the schools and community more difficult.
- Traffic and roadway infrastructure for the Ascension area is significantly under-designed and in need of major expensive upgrades, but with a more appropriate development – Country Residential and NO Marketplace – the traffic and roadway infrastructure is much more manageable and cost effective.
- The layout of Bears Paw Road with the 4 way stop, two schools (one is now in the approval process), Daycare, Historical School and Society and Community Centre also impact any increase in capacity which would also reduce safety. Adding through traffic will reduce the safety of residents, school students and Community Centre users.
- The slope of Bearspaw road is too steep and will be problematic, requiring significant upgrading.
- The current design for through traffic will create issues such as speed and reduce safety and security for the surrounding communities. The current layout of limited access and no through traffic creates a much, much safer and more pleasant community to live in.
- Sidewalks will be needed for Bearspaw Road and BlueRidge Rise as additional volume of through traffic will make it totally unsafe to walk on the road as many residents do today. Currently the only traffic into these communities comes for a reason so drivers are more careful. This is a basic traffic calming principle.
- The location of the development and use of existing streets will, without a doubt, maximize the negative impacts on all of the surrounding communities and is absolutely inconsistent with the current development in Rocky View County.
- The layout of Bearspaw road at Crowchild creates capacity issues due to the 90 turn so close to the intersection
There should be absolutely NO ACCESS to Ascension area and from Blueridge Rise Road or Bearspaw Road nor expansion of Blueridge Rise Road or Bearspaw Road.