Construction begins on Hwy. 2A roundabout

Construction began last week on the Hwy. 2A and Hwy. 597 intersection just outside the Town of Blackfalds limits.

ONGOING DELAYS - Construction began last week on the Hwy. 2A and Hwy. 597 intersection. Crews will be working in the area until September.

Construction began last week on the Hwy. 2A and Hwy. 597 intersection just outside the Town of Blackfalds limits.

The road work will be conducted from May straight through to the end of September and Alberta Transportation warns motorists to prepare to slow down due to the construction.

“Crews are currently on site right now doing off road work including surveying,” said Alberta Transportation Spokesperson Carrie Sancartier. “They will soon be constructing a detour for the roundabout. Motorists can expect considerable construction traffic throughout this stage.”

The slow down for motorists will be most evident along the existing highway and detour route meet.

In June, traffic will begin to be diverted onto the newly constructed detour route.

Fifty km/h signs have been placed on both Hwy. 2A and Hwy. 597, in all four directions, and motorists are expected to obey the signs in order to avoid paying fines.

Reasoning behind the roundabout construction and intersection upgrades all boils down to safety.

“In a nutshell, roundabouts help improve traffic flow and safety for drivers,” said Sancartier.

Roundabouts require traffic to move at slower speeds, create fewer points where pedestrians and motorists can come into conflict, reduce the potential for right angle and t-bone collisions and eliminate head on and high speed collisions.

According to Alberta Transportation, vehicles using a roundabout are not forced to stop, which will reduce delays and congestion in the high traffic area.

Roundabouts also have lower operation and maintenance costs than the previously existing lights.

Alberta Transportation predicts the roundabout will be completed by September.



Just Posted

Lacombe and District Chamber of Commerce hosts 38th annual Spring Trade Show

Show runs April 26th, 27th at the Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex

Lacombe Grade 6 students become Mayor for a Day at City Hall

Students took part in a mock City council meeting

Town of Blackfalds holds Multi-Plex Open House

Designs for dual-arena, expanded library shown at public consultation

Lacombe’s Galactic Wranglers Robotics Club earns way to World Championships

Community donates over $18,000 for Houston trip in five days

Lacombe Rams Rugby off to promising start in 2019

Coach looking for right mix of veterans and new players

‘No answers:’ Canadians react to Sri Lanka bombings that killed hundreds

The co-ordinated bomb attacks killed at least 207 people and injured 450 more on Easter Sunday

Person airlifted to hospital after avalanche in Yoho National Park has died

The man was among a party of three involved in an avalanche Saturday afternoon

QUIZ: How much do you know about Easter?

Take this short quiz and put your knowledge to the test

Global Affairs warns Canadians in Sri Lanka there could be more attacks

A series of bomb blasts killed at least 207 people and injured hundreds more

Parents say Austrian climber missing in Banff National Park ‘lived his dream’

David Lama, Hansjorg Auer and American climber Jess Roskelley have been missing since Wednesday

Six months after legalization, high prices and supply issues boost illicit pot market

It has been six months since Canada became the first industrialized country to legalize recreational cannabis

Kirkland Signature veggie burgers recalled due to possible metal fragments

Recalled products came in 1.7 kg packages with a best before date of Apr. 23, 2019

Flooding, climate change force Quebecers to rethink relationship with water

Compensation for victims of recurring floods limit to 50% of a home’s value, or a maximum of $100,000

Storms blast South, where tornadoes threaten several states

9.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia at a moderate risk of severe weather

Most Read