After nearly a month of work, tourists arriving in Drumheller via the South Hill have a safe place to pull off the road and take a picture with the 'Welcome to Drumheller' sign.
Darryl Drohomerski is the town's Director of Infrastructure Services and has been keeping tabs on the project.
"There's just a couple of signs to put up, I think there's maybe a garbage can and some curbs that are going in. By the end of the week everything will be completely finished there," he related. "I think it looks fantastic: what an improvement over what was there just a few months ago."
The turnout was requested by the town over concerns that visitors stopping for a selfie with the welcome sign were putting themselves in danger from passing traffic.
"I've seen it used quite regularly by tourists coming into town, so I think it'll be a big improvement over what we had, much safer, and give everyone a better experience," added Drohomerski.
The turnout has 10 angled parking spaces separated from the road by a median, with a paved path leading up to the grassy area around the sign with the dinosaur on it.
"People have really embraced the idea that they can easily stop there as opposed to stopping on the side of the road or going down into what looks like a ditch or having to drive down the street and walk back," concluded Drohomerski.
The project was contracted and paid for by AlbertaTransportation.
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