The Festival of Lights is going on downtown on Saturday, November 18. With that there will be some traffic changes that will affect Drumheller drivers.
The Community Christmas Tree is being moved this year from Rotary Park to the middle of the intersection of Centre Street and 3 Avenue. It will be placed in a concrete barricade which will create traffic issues when you travel through the intersection.
"We heard from a number of people last year that thought a great way to try to bring back some of the festivities to the downtown area, taking away a bit from Rotary Park, but try to put something that's a bit more of a focal point downtown," remarked Darryl Drohomerski, CAO for the Town of Drumheller.
Once the tree has been placed, there will be no left turns at the intersection. The options will be to turn left on one of the nearby streets instead.
Drohomerski states,"Going straight down a section of the street that you may not normally travel on, you might find some interesting shops and restaurants that you might discover."
Third Avenue will be closed from 2 Street West to 1 Street East as well as Centre Street from Railway Avenue to the alley by the Royal Canadian Legion from noon until 10 :00 p.m. on Saturday.
The Christmas tree will be in the intersection until after Christmas.