Big Lakes County council sets highways priorities list

Richard Froese
For the Lakeside Leader

Big Lakes County council has given priority to several highway improvement projects, in a ‘wish list’ for Alberta Transportation. These include Hilliard’s Bay Road, Hwy. 679, Range Rd. 163, Hwy. 749 and others.

Council approved the priorities at its Oct. 10 meeting, after reviewing recommendations from public works director Vic Abel.

Hilliard’s Bay Road was added to the list at the suggestion of councillor Fern Welch, although it does not comply with the criteria that asks for highways under the jurisdiction of the provincial government. Council inserted the road as priority #4 on the list.

“It will be a reminder to Alberta Transportation that it’s our priority,” said councillor Don Charrois.

Reeve Ken Matthews said municipalities have been advised that funding for projects will likely be a high priority for the government heading into a spring election.

“List something you believe you will get funding for,” he said.

Hence the priority list, which was requested by Alberta Transportation.

The county’s list, in order of priority:

1a – Repair or overlay Hwy. 679 between Range Rd. 163 and Hwy. 750 to eliminate the year-round road ban.

1b – In conjunction with work on Hwy. 679, commence asphalt rehabilitation phase on Range Rd. 163, Township Rd. 780 and Range Rd. 160.

2a – Hwy. 749 overlay

2b – In conjunction with the above, improvements at the intersection of Township Rd. 740 (Gilwood Rd.) west of High Prairie.

3 – Hwy. 747 (to Sunset House) overlay.

4 – Hilliard’s Bay Rd. Pave and upgrade.

5 – Install street lights at the intersection of Hwy. 749 and Township Rd. 750 (High Prairie bypass road).

6 – Install street lights at the intersection of hwy. 750 and Hilliard’s Bay Rd.

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