A Round-About Way to Solve A Serious Traffic Issue
LETHBRIDGE: The intersection of Highways 23 and 519 just west of Nobleford may be up for
a re-design. Alberta Transportation recommended the change due to the
intersection's high collision numbers.
A study was completed by AMEC analyzing the traffic based on
traffic volumes forecast to the year 2031, and collision data from 2008 to 2010.
It was determined that the intersection level of service would require an
upgrade utilizing traffic signals in the year 2022. However, Alberta
Transportation normally reviews a roundabout design when traffic signals are
warranted. The analysis shows that a single lane roundabout will restore the
level of service of the intersection at the time that upgrades are required.
"It's not going to slow them totally down. I believe that the speed is
somewhere between 70 or 80 kilometers and 'size-wise' it's probably three
to four times the size of a typical city traffic circle." said County Reeve,
Hickey says similar traffic circles being used around the
province have cut down on incidents.
"We're asking to have it done as soon as possible because safety if our first
and foremost consideration here on this project." said Hickey. He adds, fixing
the intersection is one of the top three priorities for Alberta Transportation.
The cost of the project would be around $4 million.
Posted on Monday, September 09, 2013 at 12/5/2013 12:31:10 PM
Source: Falon Wagner (@FalWagner on Twitter)--Country 95 News