The results of the 2014 Municipal Census were approved during a recent Blackfalds council meeting. The Town conducted a census from May 1st to June 30th. The official 2014 municipal population of Blackfalds is now 7,858, an increase in population of just over 8% from last year’s census. The current residential dwelling count is 3,361 units.
The census data provides the Town with up-to-date demographic information that assists in informing budgetary decisions, promoting community economic development initiatives, and planning immediate and long term projects and municipal infrastructure requirements.
Collected data includes eligible voter information and data pertaining to employment, household income, housing and education.
Road closure and construction
Residential development in the northwest area of Blackfalds requires the closure of the gravel portion of Broadway Ave., north of Aspen Lakes Blvd., to allow construction crews to haul materials across the roadway. This section of Broadway Ave. will be closed to vehicle traffic from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., starting Aug. 20th. The work will be completed by Sept. 3rd, weather permitting. Further temporary road closures at this location are also anticipated later in September –check the Town web site for information on the future closures. Residents are encouraged to look out for construction closure notice signage in the area and will need to use alternate routes during the closures.
In addition, the intersection of Hwy. 2A and Cottonwood Dr. is being upgraded to add a pedestrian crossing, a trail system, and additional turning lanes to meet the increased traffic and pedestrian flow. Construction crews have started working along the shoulders of Hwy. 2A and Cottonwood Dr. and will continue to work in this area and along the Hwy. 2A corridor until the end of October. Road closures are not anticipated, but pedestrians and drivers are encouraged to follow the displayed construction signage and to use other routes when possible to reduce traffic in the area during this construction period.