Province injects $2B for Hwy 855 in Stettler County

The County of Stettler received official confirmation that the Highway 855 rehabilitation project in Stettler County is part of Alberta Government’s stimulus projects improving highways and creating jobs in Alberta.

“Every region of the province has felt the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis and the collapse of energy prices,” said. Ric McIver, Minister of Transportation. “We are doing everything we can to get Albertans back to work, and these projects will create good jobs for central Albertans while improving driving conditions andensuring our important transportation corridors are ready to support the region’s businessesand job creators, once the economy recovers.”

Highway 855 is a well-travelled corridor used by agriculture, oil and gas industries, daily commuters and school buses as well as Canada Post. A ten kilometer (six mile) section of Highway 855 that lies within Stettler County’s borders has presented safety concerns to the region for years.

“I’m very pleased to see the Stettler County portion of the 855 included in the Province’sAccelerated Capital Maintenance and Renewal Plan,” said Nate Horner, MLA Drumheller-Stettler.

“This portion of road was beyond basic repair and the work will require rehabilitation of the base and a double seal coat. Necessarymaintenance at an important time in Alberta. I’d like to thank the Minister of Transportation foraddressing this in 2020.”

Les Stulberg, Councillor for Ward 1 – Byemoor/Endiang, said this stimulus project is great news in a time when everyone could use some good news.

“As the council representative for Byemoor and Endiang I could not be more pleased that the Alberta Government has heard and responded to our requests for highway improvements to 855 in Stettler County. We were so pleased to hear Premier Kenney announce the stimulus program to improve provincial highway maintenance and construction. It is an excellent idea to stimulate our economy while addressing safety concerns and producing long-lasting benefits.”

Highway 855, at nearly 400 km long, is the longest secondary highway in Alberta, running from Highway 63 in the north at Atmore, to Highway 9 in the south near Hanna.