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Tofield Bypass Update

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Important Notice - New Tofield Bypass and Rail Crossing on Secondary Highway 834 North

Alberta Transportation has advised the County that there is a potential that traffic may "bottom out" on the rail crossing north of the Highway 14 and Secondary Highway 834 (North) intersection.

The potential hazard is a result of the angle at which the crossing was constructed and the depth of the asphalt.

If you must use this route, please exercise extreme caution.  As an immediate safety precaution while they work on a long term solution, Alberta Transportation will be implementing the following:

  • Immediate speed reduction at the crossing to 30 km/hr
  • Installation of message boards warning traffic of the clearance issue
  • Flag persons on-site 24/7 to stop low-clearance traffic from using the crossing

These immediate precautions will continue through the winter while Alberta Transportation works on a long-term solution, which may include either milling and paving both sides of the crossing to reduce the crossing grade, reinstallation of the rail line to reduce the crossing grade, or both.

Any long-term solution will not be implemented until at least Spring 2022. Alberta Transportation will be issuing an advisory on their 511 system as well as through the TRAVIS permitting system to deter low clearance traffic from using the crossing.