That's Life - September 23, 2020

Road construction, in Three Hills, is the topic of the day..

As most of you know by now, third avenue is seeing a complete water line replacement from HIghway 583 southbound to third street south. I am told that third avenue will re-open from Highway 583 south through Main Street on Thursday or Friday of this week. This will allow access and parking for Saturday’s Christmas Farmers Market at the Three Hills Curling Rink and allow east/west flow on Main Street.

For now that portion of third avenue is gravel but will be paved in the near future. The road will close for one day to allow for paving. At the same time the area affected by a water main break, on the south side of Canada Post, will also be paved.

So, in a nutshell, Main Street will only be closed, at the Third avenue intersection, for a few days.

When you are the Mayor or you are a member of council you get to hear a lot about potholes. Three Hills has more than our share. We are now seeing those potholes being properly fixed. I know, I know, it’s about time. But I’ll tell you, fixing potholes, the right way is an expensive proposition.

This fall you will see road repairs taking place at 1st Street and 4th Ave. NE, 202A-1st St NE, 218 4 Ave NE, 124-5th Ave NE, 4 Ave SE and 6th St SE, 9th St SE and 4th Ave SE, 6 St SE and 6th Ave SE, 1st NE and 6th Ave NE, 821 to 825 1st St NE and 1301 2nd St NE.

In addition to these road repair projects there are a number of road infrastructure projects. We all know about the ongoing 3rd Ave project. Then there’s the work being done on 8th St S SE, 7th St SE and First Ave SE, the cleanup and gravel of 11th St SE and the 7th Ave project from 3rd St NE to Prairie Crescent. But enough about roads.

Say, driving downtown, right now, sort of reminds me of the RCMP Musical Ride. There’s all sorts of zigging and zagging and sometimes it resembles the mighty charge where everyone is racing for the finish line.

Actually, the temporary closure of the Main Street and third avenue intersection hasn’t really changed the driving habits of many Three Hills drivers. You seem to be crossing the centre line against oncoming traffic and parking wherever and whenever you like. You back out, crossing the centre line and take off in whatever direction that suits you.

I understand bad driving habits during this road construction but there is no excuse for the rest of the time. If you get a ticket for this kind of driving remember, I told you so.

That’s Life.