The County of Grande Prairie is hoping the provincial government will make changes to a Highway 43X intersection. They are writing a letter to the Minister of Transportation and Alberta Transportation’s Engineer to reconsider a traffic circle and traffic lights planned for the Richmond Hill area. Instead, they would like to see an overpass where Highway 43 and Highway 43X meet.
The county says the change is wanted in order to make it safer and create a better traffic flow. They are also asking for the upgrades to the design to be completed in one phase as opposed to multiple phases.
A request will be sent to the neighbouring municipalities from the county. They will be asking the city, Beaverlodge, Sexsmith, Wembley, and Hythe to write letters of support as well.
The province says it will take two years to complete the bypass and cost around $54 million. Construction has started outside of the city.