Coalhurst: Not only did Coalhurst officials not get the answers they were hoping for
from the province about the Highway-3 intersection but, they're now also
questioning the province's definition of "sharing".
Alberta Transportation sent the town a letter, stating it will not
consider a speed reduction on Highway-3 and a re-positioning of the
deceleration lane is not acceptable because it would impact sight lines.
Coalhurst Chief Administrative Officer, Kim Hauta says, "Alberta
Transportation did propose a cost share scenario with Coalhurst to deal with the
alternate access road however, it's similar to previous discussions, which has
the town carrying the lion's share of the cost. Hauta says that cost is pegged
at about $3-million. He adds, "Coalhurst's share would be between 2-million
dollars and 2-and-a-half million dollars".
Hauta says Mayor Dennis Cassie wants to respond the Province's letter,
requesting a 50-50 funding arrangement for the access road.
According to Hauta, "They (Alberta Transportation) are asking us to concur
with this letter and concur with the proposal and move on". He says, "We are
going to respond that we are not prepared to sign it and request the 50-50
There have been two fatal collisions at the the Highway-3 intersection with
Coalhurst, the latest on February 10th. However, the list of none fatal
collisions is lengthy.