An infamous local intersection might be getting an overhaul.
Alberta Transportation is collaborating with Foothills County and the Town of Okotoks for a study to possibly install an interchange at Highway 2 and 338 Ave.
A media release on the study cites increasing traffic volumes in the area, and the intersection is known by locals for frequent collisions.
It's currently an 'at-grade' intersection, says Alana Somers, transportation general manager with ISL Engineering.
"The two roadways meet at the same elevation or vertical point. So today, when you're on Highway 2 or trying to access 338th Avenue, you can turn and have a direct conflict with other vehicles. What we're looking to do is move it to an interchange, or a grade-separated, where 338th Avenue would be up in the air going up and over Highway 2, and the conflict points, the interaction of vehicles, is minimized."
Similar interchanges can be seen further north on Highway 2A and to the south on Highway 7.
Given Highway 2's significance, Somers says an interchange is the best solution to curb the increasing traffic flow.
"A traffic signal on Highway 2 would not be a recommended solution due to the volume of traffic and the classification of the Highway, what the QEII is as a major north/south trade corridor in the province. A traffic signal or roundabout on Highway 2 at this location are not the correct answer, so moving to an interchange or a grade separation is the longer-term vision."
The study is currently at a very preliminary stage, with some opportunities for public feedback available at the moment.
They're hosting a virtual open house on March 10, and have launched a public survey.
According to Somers, participants in the virtual event don't necessarily need to do any studying beforehand.
"The public event will look like a webinar format online in a virtual setting. I will be presenting and walking through the materials that are available, and then we'll be taking questions in a typing chat format within the platform where we'll be hosting the event."
The survey will be available until March 17.
Another round of public engagement is planned for the fall.