COALHURST: In the wake of a fatality at the Coalhurst--Highway-3 intersection last week, Alberta Transportation is working on possible solutions with the community.
Spokesman Trent Bancarz says traffic lights and speed changes usually increase accidents on major highways, because both tend to throw drivers off.
He added that the best option is to build another road that would connect to the Picture Butte Highway, something the town is working on right now.
Bancarz explained that once the road was ready and improvements were made to the Picture Butte Highway to handle the extra traffic, then they would close the median that allows eastbound traffic on Highway 3 into Coalhurst.
Bancarz did note that the town will be responsible for the cost of putting the road in, however he commented that the province would cover the costs of improving the Picture Butte Highway and closing the eastbound Highway-3 entrance to the town.
During the interview Bancarz also acknowledged rumors going around that there's a "fatality quota" in place for the intersection, and that until a certain number of people die they won't do anything.
He stated that while they will make changes based on collision numbers, there is no truth to the idea of a "fatality quota".
As for the collision numbers, Bancarz says according to their numbers, the intersection is average when it comes to similar types.