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https://www.albertaparks.ca/media/6496394/mckinnon-flats-road-upgrade-project_faqsopt.pdf

This has been years in the making with geophysical assessments, environmental impact assessments, social impact assessments, etc.

The short is, widen the road to create effectively two lanes, take the sharpness out of the switchback corners, reduce the grade, and create better drainages for water and runoff. I believe there will be some of the old road removed/recycled as well. There is a ton of fill to cut and move. Suspect the road will be gravelled a lot better to allow safer access in wet and soft conditions. As it is now with no gravel and a clay crown, takes one person going in there when it's super greasy, and, if they can even make it out, they rut the hell out of the road. This should be corrected with the new road.

 

This link has a crude pre-eng drawing for the public https://www.rockyview.ca/Portals/0/Files/CountyServices/Roads/Updates/2020-McKinnon-Flats-Road-Upgrade-Map.pdf

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The following image gives a better idea of the scale of the new road construction. The site will be closed to public vehicle access during the road construction starting September 08, 2020 with an expected completion date of mid-December. The road will remain closed until the spring of 2021 - probably early April weather permitting. An alliance of stakeholders is being formed to advocate for added capital infrastructure improvements to the property. Hopefully an expanded overflow parking lot that will at some time become the sole parking lot with the existing parking area and river access site being turned into a more formal river access-boat ramp and staging area, similar to what has be done within Calgary at West Baker Park and the new Ogden Bridge river access site now under construction.

Certainly there is need for a master plan development strategy to meet the ever increasing  recreational use of McKinnon Flats. But for that to take place a commitment is needed from all users to work towards a common goal to protect what we have and improve where possible. Calgary Fish & Game Association has been spearheading partnership discussions on site development. The following link give futher information:

https://calgaryfishandgame.com/mckinnon-flats-stewardship-proposal/

 

 

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