ALBERTA

New Alberta Traffic Rules On Road Usage To Ease Congestion

10/29/2013 12:18 EDT | Updated 12/29/2013 05:12 EST
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EDMONTON - The Alberta government says it will introduce new traffic rules for playground zones and change how some roads are used to reduce congestion.

Transportation Minister Ric McIver says a bill to be introduced in the legislature proposes granting the province the right to designate lanes for specific uses on provincial highways.

McIver says that would help address traffic-flow issues by allowing priority bus lanes, high occupancy vehicle lanes and designated lanes for slow-moving vehicles.

Alberta's rapidly expanding economy has led to problems with clogged and slow-moving traffic, particularly in Fort McMurray, Calgary and Red Deer.

The bill also proposes letting municipalities set rules for when reduced speeds are in effect at playground zones to align them with school zones and to better reflect local traffic conditions.

McIver says it's a change that municipalities have asked for.

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