Industry works to regulate transportation of oil sands equipment
Talks are underway around the construction of alternative routes to the oil sands.
Transportation was one topics discussed by a panel of of experts at the Leading the North Conference Thursday.
"No one by choice would really want to go through Fort McMurray and if there were other options, which would be roads around Fort McMurray, of course they'd be used. They would also be used for dangerous goods as well," said Gary Dahl, Manager of Transportation and Logistics for the Horizon Oil Sands Project.
Dahl also said there are different regulations around when oversized loads can travel through the city. High loads are only permitted to travel during certain hours overnight, while wide loads can travel at any time, but try to avoid peak traffic hours.
Around 5,000 oversized loads made their way through Fort McMurray in 2011.