Motorists using Hwy. 12 through Stettler will have to watch for major construction work being done at possibly the busiest intersection in town for up to two months.
Councillors discussed upgrades to the Tim Hortons intersection at their regular meeting July 3.
Assistant Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Steven Gerlitz presented councillors with an update on major construction on Hwy. 12 through Stettler, specifically one very busy intersection and two new pedestrian crossings.
Gerlitz presented a letter from Alberta Transportation regarding work on the intersections at 67th Street, usually called the Tim Hortons intersection by motorists, 60th Street and 59th Street, which are further east along Hwy. 12 and both adjacent to the Stettler Hospital.
“During the summer of 2021, Alberta Transportation will begin construction on Hwy 12 within the Town of Stettler,” stated the Alberta transportation letter.
“The project will include intersection improvements at Hwy. 12 and 67th Street as well as crosswalk installations at Hwy. 12 at 60th Street and Hwy. 12 at 59th Street.
“The intersection improvements at Hwy. 12 and 67th Street will include the milling and paving of the intersection, new medians and the installation of traffic signals and illumination.
“A new pedestrian activated crosswalk with flashing lights will be installed at Hwy. 12 and 60th Street.
The existing pedestrian activated crosswalk at Hwy. 12 and 59th Street will also be replaced.
“Work on site is expected to begin mid-August 2021 and is anticipated to be complete by October 2021.
Construction will occur between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily, with no work occurring over long weekends.
“As with any construction project, travellers may experience speed reductions, lane closures and minor delays. Signage with additional information on construction timing will be posted on site a week before construction begins. No detours are anticipated.
“A traffic accommodation strategy is also in place to mitigate the impacts to travellers. This includes additional signage, delineation and if required, illumination,” added the letter.
An email to Alberta Transportation requesting details about the “installation of traffic signals” was not answered by deadline.
During discussion Gerlitz stated Alberta Transportation notified the town the major work will be done at the Tim Hortons intersection, with pedestrian crosswalk work being done at the Fas Gas intersection and Dairy Queen intersections respectively.
This writer observed a traffic sign on Aug. 4 at the site in question that notes construction will begin Aug. 16.
Coun. Gord Lawlor predicted town council will hear lots of complaints about the effect construction will have on traffic in that area.
Councillors accepted the report as information.
Stu Salkeld, Local Journalism Initiative reporter