The Province of Alberta has sent a reply to the MD of Bonnyville regarding speed limits on Highway 28 entering the town from the west. Sort of.
Both the town and MD have been lobbying Edmonton to reduce the speed limit on that stretch of road for years, wanting it reduced from 70 kilometers an hour to 60, believing it is a safety concern. As highways are strictly a provincial responsibility, neither government has to authority to make the change on their own. The response from Alberta Transportation Operations Manager Paula Campbell doesn’t show any signs of it being changed soon.
“I understand this issue is important to your residents and Alberta Transportation is aware of these concerns,” the email dated June 21st reads. “Our consultant, Techra Tech, is in the process of completing the Highway 28 Corridor Review which includes the speed limit in this area, Alberta Transportation will then consider implementing the recommendations in the report.”
From the sounds of it, no change will be made to the speed limit until 2018 at the latest and local government won’t have much of a say in that decision either way.