The BMR site is located 4 miles south of Provincial Highway 9 and three miles east of Secondary Highway 840 as shown on Map 4.1: Transportation Roadways. Provincial Highway 9 is well serviced and provides the main thoroughfare from Highway 2 to Drumheller. Secondary Highway 840 is also well serviced with surface upgrades recently completed. It connects Trans Canada Highway 1 to Provincial Highway 9 through the villages of Standard and Rosebud.
There are two access routes to the Plan area. Access from the south is via Township Road 271A/272 which exits Highway 840 immediately south of Rosebud, Alberta. This road is gravel, but well maintained. It connects to Range Road 212, which extends north into the River Valley and enters the BMR property. As the road descends, it has a steep valley wall on one side and narrows significantly to 7 meters. This factor compromises the southern access roads validity as a public access route for the site.
Access from the north occurs by exiting Highway 9 at Range Road 213 then turning east onto Township Road 280 before joining Range Road 212 and heading south before arriving at the north east corner of the development area. After evaluation and consideration it was decided that this northern route from Highway 9 was the more suitable road access route to the site.
Proposed Road Access Upgrading
The proposed road development from Highway 9 via Range Road 213, Township Road 280 and Range Road 212 to the project site is approximately 5 miles. Currently, these roadways have gravel driving surfaces of various widths. BRDC is proposing to pave this main access route between Highway 9 and the proposed site at it’s own expense.
- Range Road 213 between Highway 9 and Township Road 280 will be paved.
- Township Road 280 between Range Roads 212 and 213 will be paved.
- Range Road 213 between Township Road 280 and the resort site entrance will be paved.
The upgrading of these public roads will occur prior to the opening of the proposed development.
The driving distance from Rosebud to the BMR site, via Highway 840 and Highway 9, is approximately 26 km. Driving distance from the BMR site to Drumheller via Highway 9 is approximately 31 km. and will likely be the most travelled route. The preferred route from Highway 2 will be via Highway 9 and therefore the increased traffic through Rosebud on Highway 840 will not significantly increase because of the BMR development.