Edmonton Minute: Train Testing, Airport Takeoffs, and a Taste Of Edmonton
Edmonton Minute - Your weekly one-minute summary of Edmonton politics
This Week In Edmonton:
The first City meeting in two weeks, an Agenda Review Committee meeting will happen tomorrow at 9:00 am. City Hall will resume its regular programming on August 9th.
The City is collecting public feedback on the Touch the Water Promenade project in the Rossdale neighbourhood. The current design concept was based on feedback from Edmontonians in previous consultations, according to the City. The construction budget has not yet been approved.
- Taste of Edmonton continues this week until August 1st. Unfortunately, the festival has struggled this year with some restaurants forgoing the event and then a fire at an unlucky vendor’s booth. Despite the rough start, we’re sure there are some good eats to be had.
Last Week In Edmonton:
- Months behind schedule, bags of silica finally began riding the Valley Line Southeast. These tests are being conducted to prove the new line's safety for carbon-based life-forms from the Strathearn to Muttart stops, along Connors Road. Our favourite part of this story is where TransEd promises they are committed to the project "no matter the financial implications that come with that" - sounds like most City projects. Expect more cellulose-based currency to enter this story before it’s done.
- The City finished an admittedly difficult design of a portion of the Yellowhead Freeway Conversion Project between St. Albert Trail and 97th St. This area of the project is the most complex and will eat up about half of the project's $1 billion budget.
- The federal government announced that international flights will be able to resume at Edmonton International Airport on August 9th, when they will lift some restrictions. We note that Edmonton and its neighbours promising a $15 million taxpayer-funded bailout of the airport seemed to have no effect on this announcement.
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