Area highways chip-sealing underway

Resurfacing work to extend the life of Central Alberta highways will be done throughout the month of August.

Resurfacing work to extend the life of Central Alberta highways will be done throughout the month of August.

Alberta Transportation is asking motorists to expect delays and lower speed limits at various locations as road and bridge chip seal projects get underway. Travellers will see road crews adding asphalt and spreading crushed aggregate to the surface of roads in daylight hours at the following locations:

• Today to Monday on Hwy 14, from the junction of Hwy 855 to two kms east of Hwy 857

• Monday to to Wednesday on Hwy 41, from the junction of Hwy 14 to 16 kms south of Hwy 14

• Thursday to Aug. 11 on Hwy 11, from the Red Deer city limits to 1.3 kms east of Hwy 815

• Aug. 11 to 14 on Hwy 9, from the junction of Hwy 56 to 10.7 kms east of the Hwy 56 junction

• Work will also be done on eight bridge decks at various locations in the region. This will generally result in single-day speed and single-lane restrictions.

The dates may be change due to weather or other conditions.

Speed limits will be reduced to 50 km/h as one lane is done at a time. When construction crews are inactive, and for one week after the chip seal coat is applied, speed limits will be lowered to 80 km/hr or the regular highway speed — whichever is lower. This is to allow for a sweep of loose chips and for lane repainting to be done.

Motorists are urged to obey posted speed limits, as well as sign boards and flag persons, to avoid unnecessary windshield damage and penalties.

Speeding fines are doubled in construction zones when workers are present.

Current road information is available by calling 511 toll-free, or visiting 511.alberta.ca.

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