At the regular Nov.2, county council meeting council discussed possible upgrades to the intersection at Range Road 240 and Highway 613 after a number of near miss incidents and accidents brought the safety of the intersection into question.
Several instances were reported where north and southbound traffic failed to notice the stop sign when approaching Highway 613.
Range Road 240 has been upgraded to have pavement for both north and southbound traffic resulting in drivers approaching Highway 613 to believe the road ahead is continuous as it appears this way. This results in a false sense of perpetual right-of-way and the road flows as primary and the precedent roadway.
Administration says this is not a unique condition where two paved roads of equal standards intersect.
While there are ‘stop’ and ‘stop ahead’ signs in place along Range Road 240 when approaching Highway 613, administration states they are not placed in a great location as they are too far to the right of the road and not in direct sight of motorists. Roadside obstacles including power poles also briefly block the stop sign approach.
Following council discussion including County Reeve Josh Bishop stating he would rather see rumble strips installed rather than additional signage, multiple motions were moved.
The first motion was made by Councillor Adair and carried unanimously, “that council direct administration to install cold milled rumble strips on Range Road 240 when approaching Highway 613 from the north and south direction, to be included in the 2022 Public Works Operating Budget.”
The second motion, also moved by Councillor Adair, was carried five to two. The motion stated, “that council direct administration consult with Alberta Transportation to implement safety upgrades to the intersection of Highway 613 and Range Road 240.”
Some of these upgrades include:
• Relocating the stop signs nearer to the centerline of Range Road 240 to improve visibility.
• Installing larger stop signs for both the north and south stop control.
• Placing solar flashers on each of the two stop signs.
• Installing inlaid thermoplastic stop bars.
• Council to direct administration to paint “stop ahead” messaging on Range Road 240 when approaching Highway 613 from the north and south direction and this work be included in the 2023 Public Works Operating Budget.