When will the politicians get it? The people of Sylvan Lake and the surrounding areas want this intersection (Highway 11 and 781) open and they want a set of traffic lights!
As someone who does not live in Sylvan Lake, but who frequently visits, I find myself dreading the crossing at Highways 20 and 11. In fact if at all possible I now avoid Sylvan Lake. Coming from the west and having to cross Highway 11 to enter the town on Highway 20 is frustrating and often extremely dangerous! Better to just avoid Sylvan Lake than deal with that death trap!
The Sylvan mayor and council seem to be upset with the new opposition MLA for representing the very people who have to deal with this traffic nightmare. They imply they know more than the MLA about what the people need and get on their high horse about how they are the true elected representatives of the people!
I would remind them MLA Kerry Towle won the provincial election with a strong showing in Sylvan Lake, and a big part of her vote in Sylvan Lake was the direct dissatisfaction with the 781/11 intersection closure. Ms. Towle is doing exactly what she promised in the election campaign … standing up for the concerns of the electorate!
Rather than trashing MLA Towle on the town website, they might consider joining her cause and try their best to convince the province to come up with a practical solution by installing lights and keeping the intersection open.
When politicians stop listening to what the people want and pursue their own personal agenda, it is time to consider another job? There will be municipal elections in 2013 and it might be time for the residents of Sylvan to elect a mayor and council who will listen to them?
Red Deer County