Alberta Transportation has agreed to conduct a review of Highway 9 south of Beiseker after a fatal accident near Kathryn earlier this year.
 
Three people died on April 20 when a car and SUV hit head-on on Highway 9 south of Irricana, prompting that town's mayor to ask that passing be outlawed on that particular bend in the road.
 
"We've had some complaints that it could be considered kind of a dangerous stretch of highway, so that's why we're taking a look at it now," said Wayne Wood of Alberta Transportation. "If there are safety improvements that can be made, then the consultant will certainly make those recommendations."
 
"A lot of the concern is about the curvy and hilly part of that particular stretch of highway; people want to make sure that the double lines are painted in the right area (and) that the signage in the area is correct," he elaborated. "In addition to that we'll also be looking at the five intersections that run along that particular stretch of highway."
 
Detractors say there are blind spots on the road even where passing is currently allowed and Wood admits the consultant will be looking carefully at sight lines all the way between the Trans-Canada Highway and Beiseker.
 
"We're hoping to have it complete sometime this fall; we're thinking maybe toward the end of September, early October that it should be complete and over to us and then we can review any recommendations that are made."
 
There is no timeline as yet for the actual work to fix the alleged problems. Wood added that will depend on exactly what is recommended.
 

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