Lundbreck wind warning system receives transportation award

By Geoff Smith (@GeoffSmithLNN on Twitter)
March 13, 2018 - 10:43am

RED DEER – A wind advisory system that has reduced rollovers by 90 per cent in the Lundbreck area has been honoured with a Minister’s Award for Transportation Innovation.

The winner of the Award of Excellence for Safety Innovation is the Highway 22 Wind Advisory System, presented to Alberta Transportation, DTN LLC, VER-MAC, EPCOR, Amec Foster Wheeler, IBI Group, Volker Stevin Highways Ltd., and Campbell Scientific.

The system uses technology that was already in place to detect potentially dangerous crosswinds, which exceed 80 km/h on a regular basis on Highway 22 north of Lundbreck. Signs in the area display the information, using flashing lights and a wind speed indicator, to help truck drivers in particular make informed route decisions.

Other projects that received awards are the 12 Street SE Bridge Replacement in Calgary (for design innovation), the Macleod Trail and 162 Avenue S Diverging Diamond interchange in Calgary (for construction innovation), long range battery-powered electric buses in St. Albert (for environmental innovation), 511 Alberta Citizen Reporter and Alberta Snowplows (for operational innovation), and a barrier-free pedestrian link in downtown Edmonton (for transit/accessible transportation innovation.)

The awards were presented in Red Deer.

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