Speed limit dropping on portion of Hwy 20
Hwy 20’s speed limit between Hwy 11 and Sylvan Lake is dropping.
The new 80 km/h limit, a reduction of 20km/h from the current 100km/h, goes into effect on March 26.
RCMP, Town of Sylvan Lake and Red Deer County contributed to the decision to reduce speeds, said Alberta Transportation in a statement, adding recent development have caused increased traffic in “a more urban setting.”
The Sylvan Lake RCMP detachment commander said the Memorial Trail intersection at Hwy 20’s hill top now makes four major intersections along a short stretch of highway.
“We agreed with Alberta Transportation that a decrease in speed would allow for some more safety,” said Staff Sgt. Gary Rhodes.
“We hope for a decrease in accidents and injury accidents.”
The Beju Industrial Park and large retailers east of Hwy 20 at Sylvan Lake’s 47th Avenue also contributed to the decision, Rhodes said.
“We have some pretty large transport trucks using that highway and going 100 km/h is too quick.”
The speed limit between 47th Avenue and the Hwy 11A roundabout is 70 km/h.
Crews will post signs on March 25, with the new speed limit going into effect the following day. Alberta Transportation reminds motorists that the speed limit when passing workers is 60 km/h and fines double for infractions in a work area.
Rhodes said after a short period of adjustment, the RCMP and Sylvan Lake municipal bylaw officers will be enforcing the new speed limit.