Mobile home move causes major traffic trouble in Red Deer

A semi hauling a mobile home caused some mayhem on two busy Red Deer thoroughfares Thursday morning after it struck two traffic lights, first on Gaetz Avenue and later on 30th Avenue.

Alberta Commercial Vehicle Enforcement and city traffic enforcement officers discuss with Lee-Roy Enterprises of Red Deer workers how to move a Commonwealth Homes manufactured home through the Ross Street and 30th Avenue intersection Thursday morning. The unauthorized move damaged traffic lights at some intersections and closed southbound 30th Avenue as it made its way down Gaetz Avenue north to 67th Street before heading south to the Delburne Road and its destination of Elnora.

A semi hauling a mobile home caused some mayhem on two busy Red Deer thoroughfares Thursday morning after it struck two traffic lights, first on Gaetz Avenue and later on 30th Avenue.

Red Deer RCMP spokeswoman Const. Sabrina Grunow said police first responded to 68th Street and Gaetz Avenue where a traffic light had been hit at around 9:10 a.m.

A semi transporting a mobile home was trying to get out of the city when it hit the traffic light, she said.

After leaving Gaetz, it then headed east on 67th Street and then down 30th Avenue, where it then struck a traffic light at the Ellenwood Drive intersection.

It’s believed the mobile home is six metres wide (20 feet wide).

The moving company, Lee-Roy Enterprises of Red Deer, was transporting the mobile home which came from Commonwealth Homes on the north side of Gaetz Avenue.

Around 11 a.m. police began escorting the tractor trailer unit safely out of the city on 30th Avenue and onto Delburne Road, Grunow said.

She said some of the lights on the route the semi took are “a hair lower” than others, which is why the two lights were hit.

There were extensive traffic delays near Ellenwood Drive and 30th Avenue. Grunow estimates the delays around 45 minutes.

Additional trouble was caused when another Lee-Roy Enterprises truck stalled southbound on 30th Avenue between 39th Street and McLean Street.

The house move was delayed until the broken-down truck was removed from 30th Avenue.

RCMP and Alberta Commercial Vehicle Enforcement are investigating.

Charges may be laid under the Traffic Safety Act and any other provincial laws that may apply, Grunow said.

The charges wouldn’t necessarily go against the driver, but whoever was responsible for getting the proper moving permits, she added.

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