RCMP to escort traffic on treacherous highway
Late Friday evening, Wood Buffalo RCMP personnel will allow escorted traffic to travel on ice and snow covered Highway 63.
Extremely poor driving conditions forced the closure of the busy highway to Fort McMurray on Thursday evening.
The opening will be a phased opening, meaning marked police vehicles will be leaving both the north and south ends of the highway at about 15 minute intervals. The police vehicles will escort drivers on Highway 63, each posse will have about 50 vehicles.
Constable Christina Wilkins says RCMP are using this method to minimize the amount of traffic in any given area of the highway, as well as set the pace for drivers as maintenance crews plow and sand the roadway.
“Although the road and weather conditions have improved slightly, visibility remains reduced and many snow and ice covered area are still a reality”, says Constable Wilkins.
Motorists are reminded to drive according to road conditions and proceed with extreme caution and to be patient while traveling in the convoys.
Wood Buffalo RCMP are encouraging drivers who do not have to travel to stay put and wait for conditions to improve.