Edmonton plans to crack bottleneck open

EDMONTON, Alta. — Edmonton’s notorious bottleneck section of highways in the booming southwest corner may be overhauled if city council approves a massive restructuring plan.

A $223 million-plan has been developed by the city’s transportation committee, which includes widening Whitemud Drive, Quesnell Bridge and Terwilliger Drive.

More than 112,000 vehicles cross through the busy section of highway each day, but not everyone is in favor of widening the roads. In fact, many local residents showed up at a recent meeting to voice their displeasure with the plan.

One concern local residents have is the increased traffic noise that will result. Also, neighbors complain that transport trucks will be higher on the ramps than their backyards, creating a visual blight.

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