Submitters pen open letter to Delcan re: Highway 53

To Whom it May Concern:

This letter is a follow-up to the open house in Rimbey on March 4 and our subsequent phone conversation.

Thank you for the information that was supplied at the open house. As I remarked during our phone conversation, I believe that often what is not in a presentation is as important as what is presented. I asked about parking on 51 Ave. (a.k.a. Hwy. 53), as there was no room in the diagrams. You responded that the current proposal included elimination of a limited number of parking spaces. If this makes the street safer for pedestrians and traffic, there is no objection as long as the plan adheres to those stalls mentioned.

Community safety is the issue I wish to address. I believe that the proposed plan for the four-way stop is totally inadequate to this need. If Delcan Corp. was tasked with finding a solution to crushed curbs then the proposal addresses that issue. However I do not believe that was (or is) the issue. Commercial trucks of a specific size and weight that turn north or west and proceed down a residential street in order to access Highway 20 is an issue of community safety. The use of 51 Ave. (a.k.a. Hwy. 20A) by a-trains and b-trains is extremely problematic.

When this was mentioned at the open house, Delcan’s response was that those trucks drive all over in cities. Wrong. There are designated truck routes and dangerous goods routes.

On 51 St. there are homeowners, churches, a senior housing development, a school zone, a park, a playground and a proposed subdivision, with all but the latter in about six blocks. Is this a place for semis, b-trains and hazardous materials? I believe we owe a debt of gratitude to the professional drivers who may have only crushed curbs, not lives.

I would like to offer a solution to the practice of long-haul commercial vehicles using 51 St. to access Hwy. 53 west and Hwy. 20 north and south.

The solution is signage. Truck route signage for designated trucks of a specific weight, length and content. These signs should be posted before entry to Rimbey on Hwy. 53 west and Hwy. 20 north and south. Speed signs from west to east on 51 Ave. of 30 KPH would also contribute to community safety as 50 Ave. is a commercial avenue and commercial vehicles should be routed on commercial, rather than residential areas.

We live north of Rimbey and for 20 years we have been traveling Hwy. 20A (51 St.) through the four-way stop to access banking, shopping, recreation, volunteering and visiting. We have seen the change in traffic from cattle haulers to logging trucks to petroleum industry b-trains hauling hazardous goods.

We have adult children and young grandchildren living in Rimbey who cross 51 St. to access school, the park and playground. They ride bikes in the summer and as the subdivision develops, more families will be doing the same.

The question is: was Delcan tasked with 1) resolving the issue of crushed curbs, or 2) resolving a commercial truck route and community safety issues?

If it was Number 1, you did fine. (Higher curbs-bigger target). Has anyone from Delcan ever driven a semi?

If it was Number 2, you have missed by a mile!


Irene Kurta-Lovell

Frank Kurta


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