The Ponoka Stampede is fast approaching, and that means the Town of Ponoka, along with Alberta Transportation, is once again implementing its annual traffic control plan to help ensure pedestrian and motorist safety.
“With high volumes of Stampede traffic expected once again, the town is committed to helping ensure the safety of our residents and Stampede guests each year with these increased traffic control measures,” said Mayor Rick Bonnett in a release. “We want to do everything possible to support another successful Ponoka Stampede while helping to protect public safety.”
For those not familiar with the changes, the following measures will be in effect from Saturday, June 22 to Monday, July 1:
1. A reduced traffic speed limit of 30 km/hr along Hwy. 53, beginning east of Hwy. 2A ending at 46 St. effective from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily and continuing until later in the evening as needed during peak traffic hours to accommodate evening events.
2. A reduced traffic speed limit of 50 km/hr along Hwy. 2A, effective from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily or later as needed to accommodate peak traffic hours, beginning south of 36 Avenue to the intersection of highways 2A and 53.
3. A temporary four-way stop at Hwy. 53 and 50 St., effective 24 hours daily. Advanced signage will notify motorists of the upcoming four-way stop on 50 St. and Hwy 53, east and west of the stop signs. An access road to the Stampede will be open to traffic at that intersection, making it a four-way stop.
4. Access to Hwy. 53 will be closed to traffic at 54 St. 54 St. will remain open to local
traffic and users of the Ponoka Arena, however access to Hwy. 53 will be blocked to traffic at the south end of 54 St.
5. RCMP will monitor and help direct pedestrian and vehicle traffic as needed at pedestrian crossings on Hwy. 53 during peak traffic volume periods. Pedestrian crossings along Hwy. 53 will be clearly marked with signage and lighting.