Transportation Alberta held an open house in Kitscoty last week regarding a planned interchange between Highway 16 and Highway 897.
According to Stuart Richardson, infrastructure engineer with Transportation Alberta, there are safety concerns there that have resulted from several fatal auto collisions in the past few years. It was also learned that the intersection at the two highways had already been classed as a future interchange location in a study conducted back in 2005.
“So we just want to start the process of identifying the exact location of the interchange,” he said. “That’s where the process is, we’re just starting the planning.”
He said the interchange could be built at the current location of the intersection but there are a few constraints regarding a nearby golf course and a few oil wells in that area, so they are looking at a few options to find one that’s most convenient for everybody.
“That’s basically where we are at now, just introducing the study to the public and getting some comments from the options we’ve identified already,” said Richardson.
“There’s no specific option that we’re recommending at this time.”
Transportation Albert will contact landowners in the area to get their input, then re-evaluate the options they put forth at the open house, based on these suggestions and other constraints regarding things like environmental issues.
All in all, Richardson feels the response from the public was enthusiastic.
Though there is no set time for the date of construction, he said, “They were quite hopeful that we’ll build this soon.”
Five options were presented at the event and people can view maps of the existing conditions, as well as the potential five changes suggested, by going to the following link: