Sylvan speed bumps stay for now

Sylvan Lake’s speed bumps won’t be flattened until after the tourist season. Town council voted unanimously last week to delay a project to reduce the grade on eight raised intersections until next fall to avoid more traffic disruptions at the busiest time of year.

Sylvan Lake’s speed bumps won’t be flattened until after the tourist season.

Town council voted unanimously last week to delay a project to reduce the grade on eight raised intersections until next fall to avoid more traffic disruptions at the busiest time of year.

The raised intersections were created two years ago as part of a major redevelopment project on Lakeshore Drive that saw the road re-routed, Centennial Park expanded and a pedestrian-friendly walk created.

However, complaints about the steepness and height of the intersections began pouring in as soon as they were built. A later town investigation discovered that half of the first eight constructed had not been built to proper specifications.

The problems are associated with speed bumps built east of 44th Street. Those built west of 44th Street to 50th Street were designed with a flatter slope.

To take some of the bounce out of the crossings, ramps on either side will be lengthened to reduce the slope to a five per cent gradient, down from the existing seven to nine per cent.

The project is expected to cost $63,000.

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