Grande Prairie RCMP would like to advise motorists that the construction area on Highway 40 and Highway 666 has reduced speed zones and detours directing the flow of traffic. Traffic heading south out to Grovedale will still be able to exit off the Wapiti Bridge ramp from Highway 40, but vehicles returning to Grande Prairie from Grovedale will have to travel to Highway 40 via Township Road 700. Traffic lights are setup at that intersection.
Grande Prairie RCMP would also like to remind motorists to be extra cautious when approaching construction zones.
Construction zone speed limits are set with two principles in mind. First, they represent the maximum speed you can safely drive at given the road conditions. Second, they safeguard workers who are at risk of being struck by passing vehicles that are moving too quickly.
If you don’t slow down in a construction zone you risk a collision involving yourself and/or other road users. There can be workers on or near the road operating heavy equipment, working with hand tools on the ground or acting as flag persons. Road workers could also be hidden behind equipment, materials, etc. The faster you drive, the longer it will take to stop.
Even when it seems that there is no activity in a construction zone, there may be other less obvious/hidden hazards such as fresh oil, loose gravel chips and uneven pavement. These conditions can be dangerous and cause damage to vehicles travelling at high rates of speed.
The speed limit in construction zones and directional signage must be obeyed at all times. This applies even when people and equipment are not working. If workers are present, the fines in these areas will be doubled.
By doing a little research ahead of time, you may be able to avoid construction zones altogether by finding alternate routes that will save you time and hassle. Avoid delays by using Alberta 511 for up to date road reports. Call 511 toll free, visit 511.alberta.ca or follow them on Twitter @511Alberta to get on the road to safer travel.
Highway 666 at Highway 40 (both sides of Hwy 40) is closed for the next three weeks for bridge work associated with the twinning of Highway 40. An on-site detour is in place.
Drive with caution and watch for crews.