Spirit Ridge Road Officially Opened

Spirit Ridge Road Officially Opened
Posted on 09/14/2017

Spirit Ridge Road, a joint venture between Tourmaline Oil Corp. and Saddle Hills County, was officially opened to traffic on Wednesday, Sept 13, 2017.

Together with Tourmaline Oil Corp., representatives of the County celebrated with Velocity Group - Surveying & Engineering, and Petrowest Corporation.

The new road will facilitate transportation between Highway 49 and Twp. Rd. 771 in Northmark. The road joins up to Twp. Rd. 774. 

Spirit Ridge Road
Back Row (left to right):


Councillor John Moen, Councillor Ken Titford, Spirit River Mayor Allan Georget, Saddle Hills County Reeve Alvin Hubert, Saddle Hills County CAO Joulia Whittleton, Saddle Hills County Assistant CAO Shayne Steffen, Arden Hotte, Tourmaline, former Saddle Hills County Director of Public Work Jim Uhl, Trent McGeaure, Tourmaline, Chris Chiasson, Velocity, Cory Lundquist, Tourmaline, Diahan Aurigenna, Tourmaline, John Laidlaw, Tourmaline, Kyler Lucas, Petrowest , Councillor Cindy Clarke, EA to Director of Operation Bonnie Ryback, Safety Coordinator Diahann Potrebenko, Karl Millar, Tourmaline, Dave Strauss Petrowest, Manager of Construction Projects Bentley Lorencz, Councillor Willis Fitzsimmons.


Front Row - kneeling (left to right): Project Manager for Velocity Group Wayne Gour, Road Use Coordinator Mike Wozny, Alan Bulhofner, ratepayer, Mel Vollman, Tourmaline, Councillor Lawrence Andruchiw.

A Symbol of Collaboration

The road has been highlighted at provincial conferences and has attracted the attention of the Alberta Government and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers when it was first announced.

At the November 15, 2015 Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties (AAMDC) convention in Edmonton, Saddle Hills County was chosen to participate in the panel discussion because of its unique style of relationship-building with industry. Saddle Hills County has some 9,000 kilometers of pipelines supporting over 4,000 wells. More than 100 oil and gas companies operate within County boundaries.

That has lead to strong, mutually-beneficial relationships between the County and the energy companies.


Spirit Ridge Road

Left to right: Arden Hotte, Tourmaline, John Laidlaw, Tourmaline, Councillor Ken Titford, Councillor John Moen, Saddle Hills County Reeve Alvin Hubert, Diahan Aurigenna, Tourmaline, Mel Vollman, Tourmaline, Chris Chiasson, Velocity, Councillor Cindy Clarke, Cory Lundquist, Karl Millar, Tourmaline, Councillor Willis Fitzsimmons, Councillor Lawrence Andruchiw.

A Relationship of Cooperation

 The relationship between the County and industry is not a regulatory relationship but a collaborative one. Through road maintenance agreements whereby, local taxpayers and the companies which make use of the roads share the maintenance costs and, in some cases, the constructions costs of new roads, industry and the municipality are sharing an investment in a joint future.

Reeve Alvin HubertReeve Hubert spoke of the importance to the County of its relationship with industry and praised Tourmaline Oil Corp. for having such a cooperative and positive approach to its investment in Saddle Hills County.

The Reeve personally thanked Mel Vollman, Production Manager for Tourmaline, for the company's long standing commitment to working with the County and described the road as a monumental project for the citizens of Saddle Hills County and for the many people, businesses and industries that will be able to use this road.

He also thanked representatives of Velocity Group - Surveying & Engineering, and Petrowest Corporation, as well as all of the contractors and sub-contractors who worked on the project.