Castor residents concerned about speeding

Castor Mayor Richard Elhard suggested something like the radar-operated speed sign in Stettler, near the baseball diamonds and campground. ECA Review/S.Salkeld
Written by Stu Salkeld

The Town of Castor will ask the provincial government to help with speeding complaints on a secondary highway in the municipality.

The resolution was passed at the June 22 regular meeting of council.

Town Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Christopher Robblee presented councillors with a letter of complaint signed by 10 residents concerned about motorists on Sec. Hwy 861, which becomes 45th Street inside Castor.

“We are writing this letter to you in hopes the town can do something about the excessive speeding along 45th Street, north of Hwy 12, leading out to Hwy 861,” stated the letter signed on behalf of “Sincerely concerned citizens on 45th Street.”

“We understand that this road is considered to be part of Hwy 861, but it is also within town limits, close to a school with playground and school zones.

“On a daily basis, we constantly see people speeding down this route, whether they are coming into town or heading out of town.

“On an average guess, most of the people are doing between 50 and 80 km/hr going down that street, sometimes sadly it’s even faster.

“We would love to see speed bumps and ‘Children at play’ signs posted.”

Robblee stated it looked like a number of residents in the area agreed with those sentiments.

“We got a lot of signatures on that one,” he said. Mayor Richard Elhard noted there are warning signs up in that area already.

Robblee continued that the complication is that Sec. Hwy 861 is a provincial road, and the town can’t do anything that impedes traffic, including the installation of speed bumps.

Mayor Elhard suggested something like the radar-operated speed sign in Stettler, near the baseball diamonds and campground.

He stated the sign has red and blue flashing lights similar to a police car that activate when someone is speeding and are usually solar-powered.

“It does grab your attention,” said Elhard.

During discussion, councillors seemed to generally agree with the letter writers that motorists on that stretch of road are driving too quickly.

However, they also generally agreed that rumble strips might not be an option because the provincial government is unlikely to approve them.

Councillors passed a motion to contact Alberta Transportation about the complaints and see what the department can do to help.


Stu Salkeld, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

ECA Review

About the author

Stu Salkeld

Stu Salkeld, who has upwards of 28 years of experience in the Alberta community newspaper industry, is now covering councils and other news in the Stettler region and has experience working in the area as well.

He has joined the ECA Review as a Local Journalism Initiative Journalist.

Stu earned his two-year diploma in print journalism from SAIT in Calgary from 1993 to ’95 and was raised in Oyen, Alta., one of the communities within the ECA Review’s coverage area.