BEAVERLODGE, Alta. — Residents are divided on a recommendation that advises Alberta Transportation to bypass the towns of Hythe and Beaverlodge when a four-lane highway is built.
Although some people say it will alleviate traffic congestion through the communities, others fear that businesses will suffer and it may cause the small communities to become ghost towns.
Beaverlodge resident Larry Barclay says truckers will be among the victims if Alberta Transportation decides to build the highway around the communities.
“There is no adequate place in Grande Prairie to stop. In Beaverlodge, 10 semis can park side by side at the BMI (Beaverlodge Motor Inn),” Barclay tells local media. “The local guys will still come in and park, but the guys that don’t know will drive on by and go to Dawson Creek and they have the same problem there. They can’t park.”