The Clearwater Project will mean a minimal increase to overall area traffic. The Phase I plant will operate with approximately eight staff at a time, working three shifts per day. Bitumen production will be partially processed at the site, and then trucked out at the average rate of about one truck per hour. This will add less than 2 percent to Highway 69 traffic volume, based on Alberta Highways’ traffic counts for 2009.
AOS will enforce safe, respectful and courteous driving standards on staff and truckers. AOS will encourage area residents to report any concerns regarding traffic originating at the AOS site.
To further improve traffic safety for our operators and everyone using the local Range Road 83 to access Hwy. 69, we are working with Alberta Transportation and Infrastructure on the possibility of adding a right-hand merge lane from RR 83 onto Hwy 69 westbound. In addition, dust control (watering) will reduce the effects of truck traffic leaving the plant site. The total distance travelled on gravel to Highway 69 is approximately 150 metres.