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Land Planning and Transportation to Examine Speed Review of Hwy 63

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Land Planning and Transportation to Examine Speed Review of Hwy 63

Alberta Transportation is recommending raising the speed limit on certain sections of Highway 63.

In February 2016, the RMWB asked the province to review the possibility of finding a consistent speed for sections of road around Fort McMurray.

The report shows from 2008-12, nearly 60 per cent of accidents along the corridor were the result of rear-ending while less than one per cent were due to speeding.

Alberta Transporation is recommending maintaining the existing posted speed limit of 80 kilometres per hour from the Athabasca crossing and Thickwood Boulevard to north of Parsons Creek Interchange. Raise the posted speed limit from 60 kilometres per hour to 70 from south of Hardin Street to the Athabasca River crossing and raise the posted speed limit to 80 kilometres per hour of the southbound lanes from the Athabasca River crossing to Thickwood Boulevard.

Increasing to an established limit of 80 kilometers per hour would require the removal of signalized intersections and interchange construction.

It would also require the removal of the barrier curb or a reduction of risk in hitting the curb face as well as a possible curve revision.

The Land Planning and Transportation Committee will hear a presentation from Alberta Transportation when they meet on Tuesday.

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