Municipality to station tow trucks at Athabasca River Bridge

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Municipality to station tow trucks at Athabasca River Bridge

Three tow trucks will be stationed at the Athabasca River Bridge starting in December to help clear traffic problems quicker, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo announced today.

The municipality is acquiring one tandem truck that can tow large vehicles, as well as two smaller trucks that will be posted on either side of the bridge.

Municipal staff will operate the trucks and help get disabled vehicles off the road as quickly as possible; municipal mechanics will also be on call during peak hours.

Director of Public Operations Glen Smith says he hopes the measures will help keep traffic disruptions to a minimum.

Such a plan had been hinted at by municipal politicians for months, but Premier Alison Redford had suggested provincial approval might be required, given that the bridge is part of a provincial highway.

However, municipal officials say the plan is being undertaken independent of the province, and does not require external approval.

They also say other initiatives are being considered that would require provincial approval. These include installing warning signs that would alert drivers of accidents and delays, as well as signs reminding drivers that it is their responsibility to move their vehicle to the shoulder if a problem occurs.
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