This program is the major rehabilitation of railway spur lines and roadway crossings throughout the City of Lethbridge transportation and industrial railway system. This infrastructure requires rehabilitation to keep the streets and railway operational and to maintain safety. This system relies on intersection assessments to determine new traffic control measures to maintain safety and upgrade the existing system.
The City presently owns and maintains approximately 8.9 km of industrial rail with a capital asset value of over $7 million to provide rail service to our City businesses in the industrial area that also includes 24 road to rail crossings.
The following crossing locations are identified for improvements in the next 3 years:
GC Lead at 36th Street North
DA Lead at 36th Street North
F Lead at 2nd Avenue North
These railway improvements will ensure safety is maintained and acceptable level of service is restored. This program is also required to meet Alberta Transportation Rail Safety Branch regulations as part of the City of Lethbridge Industrial railway Operating Authority Certificate. Monthly condition assessment inspections by qualified internal staff generate the City's industrial railway annual work program.
In 2008 Alberta Transportation Rail Safety Branch identified the requirement to apply for a Industrial Railway Operating Authority Certificate which was approved February 2009.
Also in 2008 and 2009 Alberta Transportation conducted a compliance review, which identified the requirement for additional rehabilitation to an industrial railway standard and the requirement for signalization of a number of rail to road crossings. Rehabilitation of our rail spur lines is ongoing and based on inspections and compliance audits from our regulator, Alberta Transportation.
Ten new rail signals were recently commissioned by the City for our rail spur lines. There are approximately 21 rail road crossings in the City that we are responsible for. New rail
signals will be required as warranted. These improvements will meet current regulations, reduce traffic delays, road user costs, and driver frustration.