Busy highway reaches maximum capacity

FORT SASKATCHEWAN, Alta. — City Council officials are concerned about a report that indicates Hwy. 15 at Fort Saskatchewan is experiencing all the traffic it can handle.

That revelation came from the monthly Planning and Public Works Manager’s report.

Officials indicate that the Shell oilsands upgrader project in Scotford, has resulted in increased truck and commuter traffic.

Peak traffic times occur at about 6:30 a.m. on the eastbound lanes and just before 6 p.m. on the westbound lanes.

To make matters worse, construction traffic is expected to peak in June, creating more backups for drivers.

Shell has added a bus service to the plant to alleviate some of the traffic congestion.

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