October 15th, 2014 ~ Vol. 84 No. 40
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Hwy 3 issues discussed
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Highway 3 through Coleman
EZRA BLACK
Pass Herald Reporter
From Sept. 24 to 26 Mayor Blair Painter, councillors Dean Ward and Dave Filipuzzi and CAO Sheldon Steinke attended an Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) convention in Edmonton.
They met Ministry of Transportation Wayne Drysdale to discuss municipal traffic issues including crosswalks, traffic lights and the long term redesign of Highway 3.
“They definitely heard us loud and clear,” said Painter. “The Crowsnest Pass is one of the busiest points of entry into the province.”
On Oct. 7, council prioritized the changes they’d like to see to Highway 3, which will be submitted to the province.

Coleman crosswalks
After some discussion, council agreed on three sections of Highway 3 that need a crosswalk. The first is across from Highway 40, the second is near the Cinnamon Bear Café and the third is between the Esso station and The RumRunner.
Alberta Transport will be conducting a pedestrian count to determine where crosswalks would be most useful said Steinke.

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Traffic lights
Council was unanimous in choosing the most westerly access to Highway 3 in Blairmore, near the Mac’s Convenience Store, Tim Hortons and Shell station, as their first priority for a traffic light.
“There have been so many accidents near the Mac’s pull off,” said Councillor Bill Kovach. “A proper turning lane from the west would make a big difference... so if there are no lights there, I’d like to see a better turning lane.”
Their second preferred location is near Highway 40, their third is the Hillcrest/Bellevue main access and their fourth is the centre access to Blarimore.

Speed zones and turning lanes
Speed zones along sections of Highway 3 were also discussed but council did not come to a consensus on what changes should be made. Filipuzzi suggested speed zone changes be discussed after the province decides on traffic lights.
Councillor Doreen Glavin suggested proper turning lanes were needed at the entrance to the Crowsnest Pass Golf and Country Club and the Crowsnest Pass Health Centre.
After their discussion, council passed a motion on the municipal requests for improvements to Highway 3.

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