Highway 12 will get smoother in Stettler

Highway 12 through the Town of Stettler will get a smoother surface next year with major funding from the federal government.

Highway 12 through the Town of Stettler will get a smoother surface next year with major funding from the federal government.

“Motorists will have a smoother road to drive on in 2010,” said Trent Bancarz of Alberta Transportation communications department.

Estimated at $1 million, the Stettler project is part of nearly $42.4 million in joint federal-provincial investments announced Sept. 25 for key infrastructure under the new Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan.

Starting next spring, work is scheduled to start on the project to overlay four kilometers of Highway 12, which is most of the highway through Stettler, said Bancarz.

Funding was announced by MP Rob Merrifield, Minister of State (Transport), and Alberta MLA Luke Ouellette, Minister of Transportation.

“Our Government is taking extraordinary action to stimulate our economy and create jobs for Canadians,” said Minister Merrifield.

“We understand the importance of investing in roads, highways and other infrastructure. We will continue to work with the Government of Alberta to ensure communities across the province remain competitive.”

“The investment in highway improvements will address much-needed projects in the province and maintain and create jobs for Albertans,” said Minister Ouellette. “Alberta is pleased to continue to work in co-operation with the federal government on this and other shared funding programs.”

Central to Alberta’s Budget 2009 is Alberta’s Capital Plan, which supports $7.7 billion in 2009-10 to build roads, health care facilities, schools and other public infrastructure