by Stuart Fullarton
Area motorists are being asked to prepare for minor delays with paving now underway on highways surrounding Rimbey.
About 30 kilometres of highway are being rehabilitated west of Rimbey on Highway 53 and on Highway 771 to the east.
A construction advisory issued by Alberta Transportation notes that three different techniques will be utilized in the paving of Highway 53. Those will include full-depth reclamation and cold-in-place recycling — techniques that Alberta Transportation says will “recycle most of the existing asphalt” on that particular road. Standard paving and milling techniques will be used on Highway 771.
Jamie Friesen of Alberta Transportation said paving will be done in segments, with the entire project expected to be wrapped up by the beginning of November.
He added it’s important for drivers to be aware of changes to speed limits during that time, and to obey all signs, signals and instructions on site.
Speeding fines, he noted, double when incurred within a construction zone.
Traffic will be reduced to one lane, alternating in both directions, with the speed limit decreased to 50 km/h.
The total cost of the project is said to be around $10,000,000.