Construction of Highway 43X was a topic of discussion once again Monday at the first County Council meeting of 2017.
For now, the plan is to have a set of traffic lights at the bottom of the Richmond Hill. However, that could pose a safety risk during poor weather conditions.
"When you have a log truck, or loaded transport trucks coming downhill to a traffic light, the potential in winter time, with ice and snow and stuff, are they able to stop or not stop?," said Dale Van Volkingburgh, Director of Public Works for the County of Grande Prairie.
According to Van Volkingburgh, there are safer options available.
"The ultimate design for that is to have an overpass. There would be no traffic lights or what have you on there, and that's what we're asking for," he explained. "Where Highway 43 comes over top of Highway 2, that's an interchange, that's what we're looking at."
Alberta Transportation has committed $54-million towards the project, and a tender has already been awarded at $38-million. An interchange would increase the cost by roughly $10-million.
The County will also write a letter to the Minister of Transportation, requesting the project be completed in one phase. They will also ask the City, Beaverlodge, Sexsmith, Wembley and Hythe to write similar letters in support of this request.
- Trevor Snell