An open house on the twinning of a highway west of Calgary attracted both supporters and critics of the project.
Many people at the Elbow Springs Golf Club open house were in favour of the twinning of Highway 8 from 101 Street S.W. to Highway 22. That would also mean increasing the speed limit on many parts of the route to 120 kms/hour.
Everyday 7,000 vehicles travel the route, which has seen two major accidents in the last six months alone.
"The twin highway is a much safer highway and it allows for growth and increased capacity in this particular area of the region," said Alex Broda, a spokesman for Alberta Transportation.
Elbow River Estates resident Ann Hrudko said she nearly lost her life while driving on Highway 8, which she calls the "Highway of Death."
"The guy lost control, crossed the highway and hit me and knocked me into the ditch. I broke my neck," she said.
Hrudko is convinced twinning will make it safer, but Maria Horvath, another area resident, says the project will increase traffic and noise.
Twinning the highway is expected to cost between $25 and $30 million and wouldn't start for at least three years.