By Mabell, Dave on June 5, 2017.
Fourteen infrastructure projects will proceed in southwestern Alberta, backed by Strategic Transportation nfrastructure grants from the provincial government.
Rural bridges and culverts are among $37 million worth of projects announced last week by Brian Mason, minister of the transportation and infrastructure departments.
Airport improvements at Vulcan and Foremost were also included.
Grants for culvert replacements in the Municipal District of Taber, backed by grants of more than $200,000, were approved for four locations across the Bow River Irrigation District canals including two near Vauxhall and one close to Hays.
In the County of Cardston, bridge rehabilitation projects worth more than $1 million will include two crossings of Pothole Creek, near Welling and Magrath, another over the Belly River near Hill Spring and one over Rolph Creek near Woolford.
Rural Pincher Creek projects approved include a culvert replacement on Kettles Creek near the town and one along South Todd Creek near Burmis. The grants will cover nearly $300,000 of those costs.
A bridge replacement on Flying E Road over Kuntz Creek was approved for the MD of Willow Creek, with a grant of $589,650.
“STIP funding helps our rural and smaller urban municipalities sustain their local transportation infrastructure, which contributes to a higher quality of life in these communities,” Mason said.
“Investing in our towns and counties through STIP will not only ensure they have the roads and bridges they need to grow sustainably, but will also help to create good-paying construction and engineering jobs.”
About 200 jobs will be created through this round of grants, Mason added.
Two grants issued through the Local Municipal Initiatives program include $225,000 for a pedestrian tunnel at Magrath and $100,200 for airport runway paving and apron lighting at Foremost. And Vulcan County will receive $28,383 for LED lighting along the airport’s main runway, under provisions of the province’s Community Airport Program.
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