Wildrose to host forum on highway intersection closure

Local residents will be able to sound off again over the configuration change at the 781-11 intersection

Local residents will be able to sound off again over the configuration change at the 781-11 intersection in a Wildrose Party-hosted town forum this month.

“I think that arguably, it was the wrong decision,” said Kerry Towle, MLA for Innisfail-Sylvan Lake, referring to the right-in, right-out system at the intersection.

A town hall meeting will be held Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Sylvan Lake Community Centre.

“The intent is to create a plan to make it clear we are not backing down, and that this issue is not going to go away.”

The Wildrose Party also held a forum with Danielle Smith, party leader, in attendance back in late January.

Citizens had suggested lights be set up at the intersection, which had been the site of three fatal collisions last year.

The province, had, however, announced a plan to set up an overpass at Hwy. 20. The Highway 11 and 781 intersection would then close and Highway 781 will be rerouted to the overpass.

A major interchange is also slated for Highway 11 and 60th St.

But Towle said she still hears from citizens from across the region who are upset about the province’s refusal to install lights at the intersection and reopen it.

Since she’s been elected, Towle said she has had a meeting with Transportation Minister Ric McIver, and that she will also be tabling a petition in the fall legislature.

“I continue to hear of discontent with potential traffic flow problems and widespread safety concerns,” she said. “It has been made clear to me that the alternative solution of Memorial Trail and additional intersections is not acceptable to a substantial amount of citizens.”

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