The Town of Didsbury has announced that with spring on its way, construction work will also be commencing to improve one of its busiest intersections: the intersection of 23 Street and Highway 582.

The total cost of the intersection upgrades and improvements is estimated to cost $1.5 million, with Alberta Transportation paying upwards of $750,000, while the Town will pay the other half of the project., using grants to cover expenses. 

According to the town, construction will include widening the road at the intersection as well as adding new turning lanes in all directions, which is meant to improve traffic flow as well as make access to the Shantz Village development area faster and easier.

Didsbury's Mayor, Rhonda Hunter said that upgrades are much-needed.

"[It] will help secure future development in the area, as well as make the intersection safer for vehicle and pedestrian traffic," she stated in a press release. 

Come this spring, there will be construction commencing in Didsbury. (Photo provided by Town of Didsbury)Come this spring, there will be construction commencing in Didsbury. (Photo provided by Town of Didsbury)

The decision for the construction comes after the Town of Didsbury and Alberta Transportation conducted several traffic impact assessments which noted that there was increased traffic volume, which is predicted to increase further with development and growth in the area. 

Craig Fox, the town's Director of Engineering and Infrasture said that a public tender is anticipated in the next several weeks. He also added that once the equipment is on the ground, there will be a traffic safety plan in place as well as detours if they are deemed necessary. 

"The town will ensure that this is well-communicated to the public," he stated. "And there will of course be the signage in place throughout the construction."

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