Council approves more road funding to address citizen concerns
For immediate release July 15, 2020
The damage to roads from historic rainfall has made funding more road improvements a priority for Sturgeon County Council. On July 14, County Council approved more than $7 million in unscheduled road improvement funding throughout the region.
“We have heard loud and clear from our residents with road concerns,” said Sturgeon County Mayor Alanna Hnatiw. “It has been an incredible season of heavy rainfall with amounts that some areas of Sturgeon have not seen in more than 50 years. It’s obvious that extra funding was required to deal with this situation and so we needed to act.”
Among the improvements announced today was the North Starkey Road Rehabilitation, one of the highest traffic volume routes in Sturgeon County. Council allocated $1.4 million to upgrade parts of this road to significantly reduce the maintenance cost of this road segment.
Other roadways scheduled for rehabilitation in Sturgeon County include:
• Range Road 252 from Highway 37 to the Firehall and Protective Services Building (Namao Fire Department)
• Township Road 544 from Highway 2 to ProNorth Industrial Park
• Range Road 225 from Township Road 554 to 2.4km Range Road 255 North of Township Road 554
Responding to residents’ road concerns, Sturgeon Council approved reinstating the gravel, brushing, and pavement repair program for a total of $1.9 million. This program had been previously suspended due to economic concerns prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Council also directed administration to provide options to address other road failure issues within the County at the August 11 Council meeting.
“Sturgeon County residents need to have access to safe and reliable roads,” said Mayor Hnatiw. “While we can’t make it stop raining, we can provide more support to improve the roads.”
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