New signals for safer Cardiff Road intersection
The Redford government is moving forward with major Highway 2 improvements to improve road safety on a key corridor near Morinville.
Transportation Minister Ric McIver and MLA Maureen Kubinec met with Sturgeon County and the Town of Morinville yesterday to discuss options to improve the Cardiff Road intersection.
“Safety is our top priority. We are making the right investment to increase the safety for the many families and businesses who use this intersection as part of their daily activities.”
“This is another example of the government working with municipalities to identify local priorities and provide for the safety of Albertans. I am pleased to see Alberta Transportation is moving forward on this project to protect local drivers.”
“The installation of traffic lights at the Cardiff Road and Highway 2 intersection is a crucial safety initiative that will be welcomed by the residents of Morinville. Our Council looks forward to seeing this suitable safety measure, while continuing conversations with the Ministry to plan for future improvement of this intersection so that its safety continues to keep pace with our community's growth.”
"Sturgeon County appreciates the stewardship of MLA Maureen Kubinec, the creativity of Alberta Transportation and the commitment by the Province to address this immediate safety issue today and in the future as the Community grows."
In addition to traffic signals with advanced warning, the intersection improvements include illumination and additional speed limit reduction to 80km/h.
- Once designed and tendered, construction of the $2 million project is anticipated to begin in the spring 2014.
- Installing signals is expected to reduce the collision rate by 44 per cent.
Over the last 13 years, there has been an average of eight collisions annually at the intersection of Highway 2 and Cardiff Road. Approximately half of these were injury collisions.
Alberta Transportation has installed several safety measures in the last decade to protect commuters at this location, including warning signs and lights, speed limit reduction and acceleration and deceleration lanes.
- Driver behavior and safety has been monitored at this location for many years, and the Government of Alberta will continue to do so to protect Albertans.
- Traffic volume on Highway 2 near Cardiff Road has increased more than 30 per cent in the past decade as more families and businesses join the growing communities of Sturgeon County and Morinville.
Under the Building Alberta Plan, our government is investing in families and communities, living within our means, and opening new markets for Alberta's resources to ensure we're able to fund the services Albertans told us matter most to them. We will continue to deliver the responsible change Albertans voted for.