Truck traffic unwelcome in Waiparous

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.

Truck News is Canada's leading trucking newspaper - news and information for trucking companies, owner/operators, truck drivers and logistics professionals working in the Canadian trucking industry.


Have your say


This is a moderated forum. Comments will no longer be published unless they are accompanied by a first and last name and a verifiable email address. (Today's Trucking will not publish or share the email address.) Profane language and content deemed to be libelous, racist, or threatening in nature will not be published under any circumstances.

*