Wednesday’s afternoon rush hour in Edmonton slowed all the way down to a crawl in elements of the town’s south aspect and out of doors metropolis limits within the wake of a large pro-pipeline convoy that received underway hours earlier.

Shortly after 5 p.m., vans within the west lanes of northbound Anthony Henday Drive, had been transferring at a snail’s tempo simply north of Stony Plain Highway. The rationale the autos had been transferring so slowly was not clear. The autos had been blocking all three lanes of the freeway in addition to the shoulders of the highway. No one might get by.


International Edmonton site visitors reporter Lauren Fink mentioned the convoy was inflicting “large backups.” The identical scenario was unfolding on the east leg of the Henday, northbound, which was backed up from about Freeway 14 to Freeway 2. One other convoy was headed south and approaching Freeway 19, which backed up site visitors from simply south of 41 Avenue S.W. to the Henday.

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“In case you are travelling by these areas, you will have to anticipate main delays,” Fink mentioned.

Police advised International Information they had been making an attempt to not deploy officers to the realm to keep away from additional congestion, nevertheless, police had been making an attempt to direct one of many convoys off the Henday and onto Freeway 14.

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A spokesperson for Edmonton Worldwide Airport, which is situated south of the town close to Nisku, advised International Information shortly earlier than 6 p.m. that site visitors was not being impacted heading out and in of the airport.

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Simply earlier than 6 p.m., the @511Alberta Twitter account, which is run by Alberta Transportation, tweeted that site visitors volumes had decreased on the southeast and southwest leg of Edmonton’s ring highway.

A 22-kilometre-long truck convoy received underway at 11:30 a.m. and made its approach by the Nisku industrial space, the place many oil and fuel firms have been affected by the low value of Alberta crude. The convoy was organized to attract consideration to the province’s struggling vitality sector.

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View photographs of Wednesday afternoon’s site visitors jams within the gallery beneath:

Whereas the reason for the later site visitors backups was not confirmed, some Edmontonians took to social media to say the drivers concerned within the convoy had been making them late for appointments.

“How’s contesting the site visitors on the henday in Edmonton supposed to assist get the pipeline constructed?” learn one tweet from somebody with the Twitter deal with @pube_780. “We’re all in the identical boat, so pissing off your neighbours doesn’t do something for the trigger.”

“We r for the pipeline however we’ve got hit this site visitors mess north and south at present and it’s very irritating,” learn one other Tweet from somebody utilizing the Twitter deal with @HickeyCarol. “Appointments had been missed and upsetting lots of people for the pipeline. All for protesting however do it in entrance of Justin Trudeau not in entrance of the folks supporting it.”

Extra to come back…

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