Drivers will be able to go a little faster on an 18 kilometre stretch of Red Deer County roads.
County Council approved an increase on the speed limit of Range Road 10 between Burnt Lake Trail and Hwy 54. If approved, the speed limit would increase from 80 km/h to 90 km/h.
The speed limit changes was given first reading at the May 7 meeting and was finalized at the May 21 Council meeting.
The change was recommended following a comprehensive speed limit evaluation at several locations including:
- C & E trail – Range Road 275 to Innisfail
- Township Road 370: Range Road 30 to Range Road 21 and Range Road 21 to Hwy 781
- Township Road 380: Hwy 781 to Hwy 766
- Range Road 30: Hwy 54 to Hwy 11
- Range Road 10 between Burnt Lake Trail and Hwy 54.
All the roads were assess based on:
- Road cross-section
- Intersection sight distance
- Road profile
- Passing opportunities
- Entrances and driveways
- Design speed
- Clear zone
- Length of road
The stretch of Range Road 10 was the only road the evaluated recommended for a speed increase. The road averages nearly 600 vehicles per day. In 2016, the road had an asphalt overlay and side slope improvement between Hwy 592 and Hwy 54. It was rebuilt between Hwy 592 and Burnt Lake trail in 2018.