A bypass around the Town of Tofield is being built for Highway 834.
The highway – a designated over-size load corridor – runs through the middle of the town past residential areas and an elementary school.
Every year, more than 900 over-sized loads travel this route, requiring special permits from Alberta Transportation. In 2016, the average daily traffic count on Highway 834 at the Highway 626 intersection in the middle of town was 1,400 vehicles, including an average of 92 semi-trailers per day.
The new alignment will see the highway removed from the town and moved to the east.
The project is estimated to cost $20 million and includes:
- construction of a new 5-km, 2-lane highway east of the Town of Tofield
- realigning a section of Highway 14 and Highway 834 south of Tofield to provide a longer, safer distance for traffic to stop at a railway crossing beside the intersection
The design process is underway. Construction could begin in spring 2020 and be complete within the year.
Once the design process is complete, a more detailed project timeline will be available.
The new alignment to the east of town will reduce congestion and delays for industry and other highway users, while separating industry and other highway users from local vehicle and pedestrian traffic.
This project will increase traffic safety, and peace and quiet, for Tofield residents.
For more information on the Highway 834 Bypass, contact the Alberta Transportation Central Region Office:
Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
4th Floor, Provincial Building
4920 51 Street
Red Deer, Alberta T4N 6K8
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