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Minister of Transportation Ric McIver wrote Mayor Tyler Warman about the state of the Highways in the Slave Lake Region, and what the province intends to do about the crumbling highways.
The letter can be viewed below:
Dear Mayor Warman
Thank you for your March 4, March 9, April 14, and May 4, 2020 correspondence regarding the condition of highways in and around Slave Lake, particularly highways 2, 44, and 88. I appreciate the time you took to write, the clarification you provided when we spoke, and your patience in the delayed response.
1. What is the formula your ministry uses to evaluate road conditions throughout the Province?
Alberta Transportation reviews several factors when evaluating pavement condition, including traffic volumes, pavement quality, roughness, existing structure, local information, visual inspections, and surface distress. This data is used to determine an expected rehabilitation need year based on typical minimum acceptable triggers. The data is also used to prioritize rehabilitation projects from across the province for inclusion in the Provincial Construction Program to ensure a fair process for all regions.
2. Based on that formula or process, what is the current condition of the highway infrastructure in our area?
Based on the factors described above, no projects in and around Slave Lake were on the current three-year Provincial Construction Program.
However, the Government of Alberta recently announced a $2 billion investment in job creating Capital Maintenance and Renewal projects. $410 million will be spent on highway maintenance that will support over 3,000 direct and indirect jobs. This also includes $60 million for minor repairs, pothole fixes, line painting and crack sealing.
As a result, Alberta Transportation is advancing 25 kilometres of overlay on Highway 2 in and around Slave Lake. 14 kilometres on either side of the Highway 88 intersection will be paved, as well as 11 kilometres west of Canyon Creek will be paved.
As well, department staff will continue monitoring the condition of the highways around Slave Lake to ensure any roads and bridges that could become safety issues are addressed in a timely manner.
3. When is capital replacement planned for the highways in our Region?
In addition to the advanced overlay projects listed above, the following projects are also listed in the 2020 Provincial Construction Program in the general vicinity of Slave Lake:
4. What is the maintenance planned to maintain the infrastructure between now and the timeframe that significant capital replacement or investment is planned?
Alberta Transportation anticipates having the overlay projects on Highway 2 completed prior to the end of the 2021 construction season. We are also currently in the planning stage for the 2020-2021 fiscal year maintenance work plan which includes pavement patching and line painting.
Alberta Transportation cannot disclose specifics related to highway maintenance contracts such as; allocation amounts for pothole repairs specific to a highway or area, information regarding work orders, and inspection reports; however, we can share detailed technical data. In order to interpret the data correctly, I encourage you to contact Mr. Michael Botros, Regional Director, to review it with you.