Highway 861 collapsed

A section of Highway 861, less than one kilometre south of the Battle River Bridge, collapsed after heavy sownfall in the winter and heavy rain in the spring saturated the base causing it to deteriorate.

A section of Highway 861, less than one kilometre south of the Battle River Bridge, collapsed after heavy sownfall in the winter and heavy rain in the spring saturated the base causing it to deteriorate.

A portion of Highway 861, less than one kilometre south of the Battle River Bridge, has collapsed.
Alberta Transportation has contracted Carillion Canada to fix the problem. In an attempt to alleviate the situation, Carillion has put up two barricade signs around the collapsed portion of the road. Speed limits have also been reduced to 30 kilometres per hour for downhill traffic and 20 kilometres per hour for uphill.
Chris Blumhagen, a resident of Castor, Alberta and President of RioView Industries Inc, a septic vacuum and containment company that does work in the area, said in his letter to the ECA Review that the situation is potentially “life threatening”.
“Any vehicle to meet an oncoming car, hidden around the corner, would crash head on into a depression wall now over two feet high and be thrown over the collapsed guard rail,” said Blumhagen.
Blumhagen said that deterioration to the road began four years ago. A worker from Carillion also told Blumhagen the Alberta government was responsible for sourcing funds to fix the road.
“This is a blatant disregard and insult to the life and wellbeing of constituents,” said Blumhagen.
Vehicles and trucks carrying heavier loads now have to travel five miles east to the next river crossing on Highway 36.

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