Traffic congestion issues at the Cold Lake Energy Centre will hopefully be eased somewhat when a new road into the parking lot opens up tonight. Just in time for the World Junior A Challenge exhibition game.
“We’re very happy with the project,” said Mayor Craig Copeland. “With this road put in, we can move forward with the other work and events scheduled at the Energy Centre, and not have to worry about the ease of access to the facility.
The city hopes the road will ensure efficient traffic flow to and from the centre, especially during peak times, such as concerts, hockey games, and other large events.
The total budget for the project, including engineering and construction, is $1.1 million. The project began mid-October.
“The area is a huge recreational hub for the area,” said Copeland. “The whole community comes out to take part in various festivals and events, and this is one step closer to turning Imperial Park and the Energy Centre into a first-class recreational venue with something for everyone.”
The road is just one small project of many coming up for the Energy Centre. Construction on an outdoor, multi-use artificial turf field with a grandstand is scheduled for Spring of 2017. Also coming up are a second arena, 360-degree climbing wall, lounge, and a mini stick rink.
Though the road will be open tonight and this weekend, it may be closed again temporarily on Monday while nearby construction projects wrap up.