Truck traffic unwelcome in Waiparous

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WAIPAROUS, Alta. — Residents of this tiny rural Alberta village are opposed to plans which would see the highway through their village improved to better suit the needs of the increasing truck traffic.

An Alberta Transportation consultant has been looking at ways to improve a 46.5 kilometre stretch of Hwy. 40 between Hwy.s 1A and 579.

The plan being considered could increase the speed limit through Waiparous and lead to the destruction of several properties.

“This is bad, bad news,” says Waiparous resident Shirley Begg. “We’ll have logging trucks, petroleum trucks, all the traffic that is going to the Waiparous and Ghost River campgrounds travelling at high speed right past our doorsteps.”

“We’re looking at alignment improvements that will improve the operation of the roadway and the safety,” planning engineer John Lowe told local media, adding a bypass could add expense to the highway work.

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