WinSport Winter Sport Institute at Canada Olympic Park will be installing a Radio Frequency Identification Device (RFID) at the access gate at the bottom of the west track service road to reduce commuter traffic through WinSport. This private road connects the top of the sliding track and the community of Cougar Ridge with the bottom of the hill, originally built for the 1988 Olympics to transport athletes and equipment to facilities and support track operations. Increasingly, it has been used as an alternative access point to the facility or shortcut through the park. The road’s infrastructure was not built to accommodate significant traffic which has increased with the development in the area. The main entrance will continue to be off the Trans-Canada Highway (TCH) and access will be greatly improved once the interchange construction is completed at TCH and Bowfort Road.
WinSport will provide pass holders and park users access to this road with the purchase of an RFID pass card. A limited number of commuter passes will be for sale to allow vehicles to pass through the park. Establishing limited access to this road will reduce traffic by approximately 75% allowing WinSport to maintain the integrity of the road and reduce maintenance costs for this not-for-profit organization.
There will be signage at the bottom and top of the hill indicating No Thru Traffic when the road closes. If you have questions, please refer to winsport.ca for Frequently Asked Questions and further information regarding this public road closure.
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