GRANDE PRAIRE LOOKS TO CUT TRAFFIC CONGESTION

GRANDE PRAIRE, Alta. — The City of Grande Prairie, Alta. is looking for ways to alleviate traffic congestion, and one option it is considering may affect truck drivers.

As part of the Transportation Master Plan, city residents and businesses are being asked to contribute suggestions regarding the future of the transportation system.

“There’s a city-wide concern about congestion on the Highway 43 bypass and the volume of truck traffic,” Dave McRae of Infrastructure Systems Ltd. told local media.

On Feb. 26, McRae told the city’s public works committee that they are considering one road that could be used as an alternative-trucking route.

“The trucking association is telling us they would like to get off the bypass if possible to a more direct route, so we have tentatively identified 116 Street south of Highway 43 as a possible alternative,” said McRae.

Before proceeding, however, McRae noted they want to balance that possibility with area residents’ concerns about how the additional truck traffic would affect them.

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