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EDMONTON, Alta. – Drivers should brace themselves for traffic “headaches” this summer, according to an Edmonton city official.

A busy road construction program coupled with the 2001 World Championships in Athletics will cause many delays throughout the city, especially at the Calgary Trail/Ellerslie Road interchange.

“There will be an impact on motorists,” says Michael Chibuk, director of roadways design.

This construction season the city will spend $110 million on roads to repair 47 km of arterial roadways and highways and 24 km of connector roadways.

Some of the projects slated for completion are the 97 Street rehabilitation and widening to six lanes; Manning Drive resurfacing; and construction of a three-lane Clover Bar Bridge for westbound traffic on Yellowhead Trail.

Chibuk says drivers will be expected to slow down in the construction zones.

“There will be 50-kmh speed limits in identified zones, with enforcement and a police presence,” warns Chibuk. “There will also be peak-hour restrictions and weekend and night work.”

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