It looks like the single lane traffic lights on Highway 873 are here to stay until further notice.

The lights were installed after a mudslide around the end of May earlier this year.

"We still have the highway reduced to one single lane of alternating traffic because we are still experiencing slide activity in the area. We had a slide late last week and so we are continuing to keep an eye on the situation, " explained Alberta Transportation's Wayne Wood. "We have also placed barricades along that particular shoulder of the road, so if debris comes down it is captured and doesn't spill over onto the roadway."

This is not the first time the hill has come down, and probably will not be the last, which has Alberta Transportation looking into different options for the hill.

"We do have Geo-technical engineers taking a look at it and monitoring it on an ongoing basis. But it appears it may just be an act of Mother Nature and the hill is just giving way and starting to crumble," continued Wood.

While tearing down the hill is an option, Alberta Transportation isn't looking to start up the bulldozers just yet.

"Well, right at the moment we are still just monitoring it to see how much material is coming down. But we don't have any full options in place at this particular time," concluded Wood.

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