Bypass faces tough opposition

HYTHE, Alta. — Plans to construct a Hwy. 43 bypass in this northern Alberta city are coming under criticism from nearby schools.

The Peace Wapiti School Board is lobbying Alberta Infrastructure to rethink the current plan, which would see high volumes of traffic running past two Hythe schools.

A consulting firm has listened to residents concerns and is recommending the bypass be located north of Hythe, and south of neighboring Beaverlodge.

“If they went along the existing road allowance that’s there now, that’s half a kilometre from the edge of our school property, but they are proposing within the existing boundary, which will make it even closer,” area trustee Debbie Balderston told local media.

There has been no word on whether Alberta Infrastructure intends to modify the current plan.

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