August 1, 2005

New Alberta interchange will improve intersection safety

Spruce Grove, Alberta – One of Alberta’s most collision-prone highway intersections has been replaced by the province’s newest interchange.

The new interchange at Campsite Road and Highway 16, near Spruce Grove, eliminates the need for motorists to cross six lanes of high-speed traffic, or three lanes when turning at the intersection. The new interchange was officially opened July 29.

The federal and provincial government jointly funded the interchange through the Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program. The federal government provided $10 million and the Alberta government $13 million.

Alberta Infrastructure and Transportation reports that interchanges reduce collisions by an average of 45 per cent and are considered the safest way to access or exit a highway. The new interchange also provides a direct connection from Highway 16 to the recently-opened TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre, a major recreation facility serving the residents of Spruce Grove, Stony Plain, and Parkland County.

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