Earlier in the summer, The Town of Drumheller made the decision to block 10 Avenue on the east end of the Hunstview II subdivision.
This was after many community members complained about people speeding through the area making it unsafe for small children. The block has been in place for fivemonths now and some homeowners in the subdivision are claiming that the roadblock has created a new issue.
In the result of the road being closed, many are now using the alleyway behind the subdivision as a roadway, causing increased traffic on a very narrow road. Keely Murphy is a resident living on 10 Avenue SE and wants to see change.
"For a solution, I think they should take the blockage down and install three or four evenly spaced speedbumps, they could have a higher police presence, they could lower the speed limit. The people who are coming down the alley, for us that live on the alley, it is an inconvenience for us because they have loud music and they have burnt out the speed bumps that the town has installed. It is an inconvenience for everybody in town that has gotten used to using that road."
Murphy's garage backs out on a corner of the alleyway, where she claims to have had many close calls backing her vehicle out of the garage and colliding with speeding oncoming traffic. In addition, she says that her road has not been plowed since the barrier has been built.
"I did start a petition, an online petition, and I have 494 signatures on it that agrees with having the opened. I have gone door to door on our street and spoke to the residents which all agree that the roadblock be taken down. I know there are quite a few people that are against it and would like the roadblock to staying up. I haven't myself spoken to them (opposed)," continued Murphy.
Also in support of the removal of the roadblock is Rob Logan who also resides in the area.
"I live on 10 Avenue, just down the road there and I'm part of this alley problem. Since they have blocked that off, they (traffic) are using my alley as a regular road. The other concern is with that roadblock, is that if you are a homeowner, you should be able to drive on any road that you want," voiced Logan.
Murphy and Logan both agree that the roadblock has caused extreme frustration and safety issues. Murphy suggests that if removing the roadblock is not an option, then to block the alley so there would be no through traffic.