More than $37 million in Strategic Transportation Infrastructure funding, or STIP, was dished out to 50 Alberta communities Wednesday. It will go towards a combined 87 projects.
That includes $10,631,397 coming to the Peace for 21 projects, and over $1 million of that going to the County of Grande Prairie for three different projects.
County Reeve Leanne Beaupre says this will help them with the maintenance of their 317 bridges.
“They have a certain useful life to them, so we have to replace them or repair them. That’s a large percentage of funding that we’ve allocated through our budgeting process. Every little bit of money that can help off-set some of those costs is certainly welcome.”
Most notably, they’re getting $703,000 to pave the access road to Saskatoon Island Provincial Park. The County of Grande Prairie is also receiving $199,500 for work near Demmit and $100,875 for bridge maintenance near Goodfare.
“Every municipality has bridges and roads and projects that are near and dear to their heart, and they prioritize them as well. To be able to get partial funding from the government for any project means that there’s more money around to do the next project that’s higher on the priority list,” Beaupre added. “It really does help all the municipalities.”
The MD of Greenview will also get $3 million for infrastructure work.
“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. 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,” said Brian Mason, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure.
Other local municipalities getting STIP funding include Big Lakes County receiving over $2 million, Clear Hills County $225,000, Saddle Hills County $877,500, Northern Lights County $840,375, the MD of Smoky River receiving $187,500, County of Mackenzie $954,250, Paddle Prairie Metis Settlement $17,250 and Slake Lake gets $1,429,500 for overlay work of the community’s airport runway.
The province says this will support around 200 jobs in Alberta.