I would like to take this opportunity to shed light on the facts surrounding the recent announcement to install a new traffic light at the intersection of Highway 2 and Cardiff Road.
Over the last 13 years, there has been an average of eight collisions annually at the intersection of Highway 2 and Cardiff Road. Alberta Transportation has installed several safety measures in the last decade to protect commuters at this location, including warning signs and lights, a speed limit reduction, and acceleration and deceleration lanes. Driver behavior and safety has been monitored at this location for many years, and the Government of Alberta will continue to do so to protect Albertans.
Traffic volume on Highway 2 near Cardiff Road has increased more than 30 per cent in the past decade as more families and businesses join the growing communities of Sturgeon County and Morinville. On Nov. 18 Minister McIver and I met with Sturgeon County and the Town of Morinville to discuss desirable options for the Cardiff Road intersection.
After our conversations it was determined that the desired outcome was not to close the intersection, but to improve the existing infrastructure to both allow this intersection to remain open and protect public safety.
Once designed and tendered, construction of the $2 million project is anticipated to begin in the spring of 2014. Installing signals is expected to reduce the collision rate by 44 per cent, allowing for long-term planning to continue into the future.
This is another example of how the Government of Alberta is working with local municipalities to identify community priorities and take action to meet the needs of families and communities.
Over the past 18 months I have heard diligent concerns from many residents of the Morinville area regarding this issue. The vast majority want the safety concerns addressed as soon as possible and that is what I have been advocating for these many months. I am so pleased that we are going to see a safe solution very soon. As your MLA, I will continue to work to ensure that the needs of our community are being met.