Directors and fans of the Canadian Badlands Passion Play are breathing a little easier after assurances from Alberta Transportation that this year's play shouldn't be disrupted by planned road conbstruction.
Earlier this week it was reported that a month long culvert replacement under South Dinosaur Trail through the Hy-Grade Industrial Park might overlap with some of the play performances. Since then, the Passion Play office has received calls from people worried about access to the site west of the park.
"We're aware of the fact that this culvert replacement program is going to be causing a little bit of traffic disruption in the area this summer," stated Wayne Wood of Alberta Transportation. "Before this project went to tender, part of the tender process and the package was that there would be an accomodation made for when the Passion Play is going on."
"The contractor has certainly been made aware of the fact that the Passion Play is going to be happening on those particular weekends and that accomodations should be made so that there's minimal disruption for folks coming and going."
Wood conceded that his department has not yet received a firm date from the contractor as to when the culvert replacement work will start, but he's fairly confident there will not be a problem.
"The best information that we can give you right now is that the project has been tendered for work in the summer or fall of this year," he told 99.5 Drum FM. "So indications are that it might be a little bit later on in the summer."
Passion Play Executive Director Vance Neudorf was relieved to hear the news, saying he will be passing word along to play goers.