Earlier in the summer, The Town of Drumheller made the decision to block 10 Avenue on the east end of the Hunstview II subdivision. It has been five months since the roadblocks were set up and the debate still continues on whether it was the right decision.

Eileen Leffley lives on 1st Street SW at the intersection of 10 Ave and says her quality of living has increased since the roadblock was put in place.

"It was noisy and dusty, it was happening at all hours, it never stopped. The traffic was 24 hour a day. We had semis that couldn't even hardly make the corner from 1st onto 10th. Everyone was cutting through."

A big reason for the road bock to be put in place was the traffic caused a danger to young children in the area. Leffley voiced that when she bought her home, it was because she thought it was on a dead end street.

"The people intending to use the road weren't from Bankview, they were from everywhere but Bankview. They were coming from the Nacmine side, the Newcastle side, and rather than follow the highway to get to out of town, the Penitentiary, and car dealerships, they were cutting through Bankview and using 1 Street and 10th Avenue," continued Leffley.

On the other side of the debate are homeowners in the Hunstview II Subdivision whose houses are directly in front of the alleyway. They have seen increased traffic by people still trying to cut through the area.

"They also can cul-de-sac the alley behind the Huntsview because there is ample room to put in a cul-de-sac behind the alley. So that would stop the people from using the alley," concluded Leffley.


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