Drumheller is going to have some new highway for the tourists this summer.
 
Starting Tuesday, July 4 crews have begun to tear up the old pavement on the east-west section of Highway 9 through town.
 
"They're supposed to be milling starting today and then paving tomorrow and Thursday," outlined Darryl Drohomerski, Drumheller's Director of Infrastructure Services. "Second (Street) East is right by the McDonald's-ATB intersection; First (Street) West is right by Drum FM's building."
 
"The asphalt is being milled, so it's being ground off and for a day or so there will be kind iof a grooved pavement," he explained. "They take the asphalt off and then they'll just put new asphalt on top (and) make it a nice, smooth pavement, which will take all the ruts out, all of the cracking and things like that."
 
Until that is complete, Drohomerski would like people to keep an eye out for the paving crews.
 
"They'll pave one side, either the eastbound or westbound lanes, I don't think they've decided yet, and the next day they'll do the other," he noted. "There will be one lane each way for the next three days. There will be lots of signage to alert people, (so) just make sure you slow down in that area because it is a construction zone."
 
A quick reminder from the RCMP and Sheriff's Department: speeding fines double in a construction zone so slow down and help keep everyone safe.
 
 

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