Lloydminster is set to move ahead with a plan to update its traffic light system along 44 street a.k.a Highway 16. Can-Traffic Services Ltd. of Sherwood Park, Alta., will be installing new controls to traffic lights along the highway this fall to help them coordinate better.

It’s estimated that 10,000 vehicles travel the 44 street corridor daily. Due to the increased traffic volume and demands along the 44 street corridor, the city will move forward with the Centracs Advanced Traffic Management (ATM) System, which provides ‘real-time’ data collection and analysis to develop optimized traffic signal timing plans. In a statement, Mayor Gerald Aalbers expressed his excitement for the project’s impact.

“Every improvement made to city infrastructure is made with the residents’ safety and well- being in mind. These upgrades will provide additional comfort to pedestrians when crossing at many of the city’s designated crosswalks along 44 street,” says Aalbers. “As a bonus, we expect travel times to decrease.”

The following intersections along 44 street will be included in the hardware upgrades:

  • 80 avenue
  • 75 avenue
  • 70 avenue
  • 66 avenue
  • 62 avenue
  • 57 avenue
  • 54 avenue
  • 52 avenue
  • 50 avenue
  • 49 avenue
  • 45 avenue
  • 40 avenue

City council approved the award of the 2019 Traffic Signal Hardware Upgrade to Can-Traffic Services Ltd. for $336,180.00, excluding GST. Council also approved a contingency allowance of 10 per cent in the amount of $33,618.00, excluding GST. The project is slated to begin September and is expected to be completed by December, weather permitting.