County Benefits From Major Investments In Alberta Highways

County Benefits From Major Investments In Alberta Highways
Posted on 04/21/2017

Saddle Hills County is one of many rural Alberta municipalities to benefit from some major infrastructure investments by the federal and provincial governments announced Thursday, April 20, 2017.

The two major project bundles announced which will include highway rehabilitation and renewal are:

1) Peace Region Highway Rehabilitation Project Bundle (2018)

The Government of Canada is contributing up to $16,279,000 for this project and the Government of Alberta is investing $16,707,000. The bundle of seven components has a total estimated cost of $32,986,000.

The project includes seven highway components spanning five municipalities in Northern Alberta will be repaved as part of this project. This adds up to approximately 122 kilometres of improved highway in Saddle Hills, the County of Northern Lights, the County of Grande Prairie No. 1, the M.D. Spirit River No. 133 and Saddle Hills County.

Saddle Hills County projects:

  • Highway 49: Overlay: 13 Km West of Highway 719 – 9 Km East of Highway 719. This component entails of 22.9km of overlay.
  • Highway 49: Overlay: 18 Km West of Highway 725 - 2 Km West of Highway 727. This component entails 31.9km of overlay.

 

2) Bridge Renewal Project Bundle

The Government of Canada is contributing up to $18,681,434 for this project and the Government of Alberta is investing $23,317,566. The bundle of 13 components has a total estimated cost of $41,999,000.

The project involves 13 infrastructure components across Alberta. Work includes a bridge replacement and road re-alignment in Starland County; the widening of two culverts in Sturgeon County; bridge work in Rocky View County, Crowsnest Pass and Sturgeon County; and culvert replacements in five different Alberta municipalities. Rehabilitating and replacing bridges and culverts improves the reliability and safety of the transportation system.

Saddle Hills County project:

  • HWY 49: BRIDGE-REPLACE: Tributary to Henderson Creek Culvert on Highway 49, 22 Km E of Bay Tree (78868-1). Culvert replacement.

 

In a press release Thursday April 20, 2017 the Alberta Government said;

“Modern and efficient highways are crucial to encouraging and supporting economic activity, facilitating trade, and creating good-paying, middle-class jobs. 

The governments of Canada and Alberta are investing in well-planned infrastructure that will make it easier to move people and products across the country, while supporting sustained economic growth and productivity for years to come.

Amarjeet Sohi, federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Brian Mason, Alberta Minister of Infrastructure and Minister of Transportation, have announced funding for 10 bundled highway rehabilitation and improvement projects in Alberta, totaling 96 subcomponent construction projects across the province.

The federal government is providing funding for up to 50 per cent of eligible costs for these projects — nearly $255 million — and the Government of Alberta is investing more than $279 million. The projects have a combined total estimated cost of $535 million.

Highways form the backbone of the provincial transportation network and support national, provincial and regional economic activity. When the roads, bridges and intersections that make up this network are properly maintained, there is less wear and tear on vehicles, better traffic flow, and reduced future maintenance costs. These investments will help businesses across agricultural, manufacturing and resource industries access local, regional, national and international markets, while making it safer and more efficient for all highway travelers.”

 

To read the full release and listen to the press conference simply click here.