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Concerns over Hays road

Posted on January 22, 2015 by Vauxhall Advance

By J.W. Schnarr
Vauxhall Advance

A road frequented by motorcycle enthusiasts in the Hays area is in need of better signage, according to one Municipal District of Taber councillor.

During their regular meeting on Jan. 13, Division 2 Coun. Tom Machacek told council he had heard a concern brought forward by a local resident over the holiday season regarding Hays Road G South north of Highway 875, where the road is paved and frequented by motorcyclists.

Machacek said the issue is that a section of the road has a number of curves in it and all are clearly marked except the last one. He was told this last corner has been the site of several accidents involving cyclists.

“They said every corner is marked with a curve sign except the last one,” he said. “That last one is not marked and that’s where most of the accidents are.”

According to the resident, the curve before the final curve has a sign denoting a winding road ahead. The resident felt a sign added to the final curve instead would help riders navigate the road in a safe fashion.

“It’s a secondary road so all we can do is make a recommendation,” said Deputy Reeve Dwight Tolton, meaning the road is under the control of Alberta Transportation and signage concerns needed to be addressed by the ministry.

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