Thursday, January 31, 2013

Slowing Them Down!

At our Council meeting on Monday night we discussed plans to better control the speed of traffic along Highway 72.

Highway 72 - or North Road - is a provincial highway and therefore all changes in signs, speed limits, crosswalks, and markings must be sanctioned by the province. In our discussion with Alberta Transportation the following changes will be made as soon as possible. Work on these changes will likely begin in the spring.
  • The 50 km an hour speed limit sign at the western edge of the village will be moved about 400 m farther to the West. This will coincide with our new Grasslands subdivision development. 
  • Warning lines will be painted on Highway 72 as it enters the village from the East and West. These lines painted across the traffic lane will warn drivers that they are entering a slower speed zone.
  • We will also ask permission to change the school zone time to one period. The school zone will be in effect from 8:00 AM to 4:30 or 5:00 PM on school days. This hopefully will remove some of the confusion created by having those little segments throughout the day.
  • The new temporary crosswalk at the old Canadian Pacific rail crossing will be made permanent and the appropriate signs installed. With the addition of this new crosswalk we will have three marked crosswalk's across North Road or Highway 72.
Council hopes that these changes will have the desired effect of slowing traffic down as they pass through our village.

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