For years, it’s been one of the most dangerous intersections in Southeast Alberta: the TransCanada Highway/Eagle Butte intersection in Dunmore. But why it’s so dangerous is a question that’s stumped many people for a long time. It’s straight highway, nothing really impeding sightlines, and a simple turn onto either the left or right lanes when it’s safe to do so. And the speed has been even been adjusted to 80kmh.
But in the opinion of some, it’s still just not safe enough… but now it appears that traffic lights may soon be installed. But will that solve the problems being experienced by drivers?
This week representatives from Cypress County are meeting with Alberta Transportation where it’s expected that traffic lights will be approved, making access safer for the growing community of Dunmore.
KJ’s Opinion: I fear traffic lights may not be the answer. For westbound highway traffic, many vehicles will have travelled upwards of 450 km without a traffic light… bringing up the issue of alertness of drivers approaching an intersection. It seems to me the problem isn’t the highway, it’s with the ACCESS to the highway. Fix the access, and you’ll fix the problem. The real answer is a carefully designed interchange, one that keeps highway traffic flowing, while granting safe and gradual access to vehicles coming and going from Dunmore. Of course an interchange won’t be cheap… but if it saves many lives, including those of EBHS students for decades to come, it’s more than worth it.
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