Additional officers to patrol Highway 63
Published Tuesday, July 24, 2012 10:27AM MDT
Last Updated Tuesday, July 24, 2012 6:59PM MDT
The province has announced a number of measures to try and improve safety on one of Alberta’s most notorious highways.
On Tuesday, Premier Alison Redford announced that signs will go up, plus an advertising campaign, along with 16 full-time enforcement officers who will soon start patrolling Highway 63.
The government said two additional officers will be patrolling the highway by the August long weekend, with another two added by the end of that month.
The plan includes adding another 12 officers over the coming months, with all 16 expected to be in place by early 2013.
The changes come after public feedback led to a report filled with 22 recommendations for the improvement of the major thoroughfare.
“We're very focused on ensuring that we're putting everything in place with respect to traffic safety and enforcement, that's going to allow for a freer flow of traffic and a safer flow of traffic,” said Redford.
The government also has plans to install six digital signs to show drivers how fast they are moving. They said the location of the digital signs will be moved roughly every week, with three signs located on the northbound lanes and three on the southbound lanes.
On July 17th, the government announced the tendering of three Highway 63 construction projects, which include new passing/climbing lanes and extensions to existing ones, 27 kilometres of new grading near Wandering River and 55 kilometres of tree clearing between House River and Mariana Lake.
Calls to twin the highway were reignited last spring, following a two-vehicle crash that claimed the lives of seven people including children.
Tuesday's announcement also comes with a renewed promise to come up with what the province calls "realistic" recommendations on accelerating the twinning of Highway 63, but there have been no details on when those recommendations could be brought forward
With files from Kevin Armstrong