Road upgrade project good synergy
A highway upgrade project on the Burnt Timber Road north of Cremona is a great example of stakeholders working together to maintain vital area infrastructure, say participating partners.
The 28-kilometre, $3.6-million pavement overlay project is being jointly funded by Mountain View County (25 per cent), Municipal District of Big Horn (25 per cent), Shell Canada (25 per cent) and the Alberta government through resource road funding.
Dignitaries, including Mountain View County Reeve Bruce Beattie, were on hand to officially kick off the project last week.
“The Burnt Timber Road is an important infrastructure for Shell,” said Shell spokesperson Alice Murray. “This helps the county budgets, to be able to stretch their budgets.”
Beattie explained that the road is an important major corridor for industry and other vehicles.
“It’s a pretty substantial number of vehicles that use this road every day,” said Beattie. “This project is a big benefit for everyone.”
Dene Cooper, with Bighorn, says the timing of the project is just right.
“This road is part way through its lifespan and now is the time that is most efficient to give it another 25-year lifespan,” said Cooper. “This is about the community of people and industry planning for the future. The amount of cooperation is very high. It’s excellent.”
The roadway is almost exactly half in Mountain View County and half in Bighorn.