Im­prove­ments for deadly in­ter­sec­tion

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Pic­tured at the 22/43 in­ter­sec­tion that has been the scene of many traf­fic in­ci­dents, some re­sult­ing in tragedy are: May­erthorpe Peace Of­fi­cer Dwight Dawn, May­erthorpe Coun­cilor Sandy Mor­ton, May­erthorpe Mayor KaterPa­trick, May­erthorpe Coun­cilor Jon Arse­nault, MLA Oneil Car­lier, May­erthorpe Coun­cilor Pat Burns, LSAC Coun­cilor Ross Bohnet, LSAC Coun­cilor Steve Hoyda , May­erthorpe Coun­cilor Bernie Jo­gola, LSAC Coun­cilor Lloyd Giel­ble­haus and May­erthorpe Coun­cilor Janet Jabush (in front).

Lo­cal lead­ers are thank­ing the Al­berta NDP gov­ern­ment for in­creas­ing safety in the in­ter­sec­tion of High­ways 22 and 43.

The in­ter­sec­tion will see im­prove­ments in­clud­ing new traf­fic lights, bet­ter light­ing, im­proved high­way sig­nage and widened turn lanes. These im­prove­ments will help to make life bet­ter for lo­cal res­i­dents and trav­el­ers on an im­por­tant Al­berta trade cor­ri­dor. In­stal­la­tion of the new in­fra­struc­ture is sched­uled for the 2018 con­struc­tion sea­son.

Oneil Car­lier, MLA for White­court-Ste. Anne and Min­is­ter of Agriculture and Forestry, said the project will cer­tainly im­prove the safety of mo­torists who use the in­ter­sec­tion.

“I am thrilled to see these safety im­prove­ments that have long been sought by mo­torists who are fa­mil­iar with this in­ter­sec­tion. I’m cer­tain that the new lights and in­ter­sec­tion im­prove­ments will pre­vent se­ri­ous col­li­sions in the fu­ture, per­haps sav­ing lives. I’m proud to be part of this gov­ern­ment that is work­ing to help all Al­ber­tans,” he said.

Kate Pa­trick, Mayor of May­erthorpe, said the town’s cur­rent and for­mer coun­cils are to be com­mended for their ad­vo­cacy over the past ten years for safety im­prove­ments to this in­ter­sec­tion.

“On be­half of coun­cil I wish to com­mend the province for ac­knowl­edg­ing and in­vest­ing in this project which en­hances the safety of this in­ter­sec­tion serv­ing two pri­mary high­ways. Both of these pri­mary high­ways in­ter­sect at the main en­trance to the town, see a large vol­ume of traf­fic on a daily ba­sis, and will see in­creased traf­fic as de­vel­op­ment oc­curs over time,” said the mayor.

Ross Bohnet, Di­vi­sion 6 Coun­cil­lor of Lac Ste. Anne County, also wel­comes the project.

“As the coun­cil­lor rep­re­sent­ing the many ru­ral peo­ple who reg­u­larly use this in­ter­sec­tion I wel­come this project and hope­fully it will stop the ac­ci­dents. The in­ter­sec­tion at High­way 22/43 has been the scene for many bad ac­ci­dents over the

years and I am glad the province is ad­dress­ing this is­sue.”

On an av­er­age day more than 10,000 ve­hi­cles pass through the High­way 22/43 in­ter­sec­tion. High­way 43 forms part of the busy Canamex Trade Cor­ri­dor link­ing Al­berta to the United States in­ter­state high­way sys­tem.

Photo submitted to The McLeod River Post

May­erthorpe Mayor Kate Pa­trick, White­court Ste. Anne MLA Oneil Car­lier and Lac Ste. Anne County Coun­cilor Ross Bohnet, Di­vi­sion 6.

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