Kneehill County wants to replace bridge-size culvert west of Trochu

Kneehill County will apply for an important grant to replace a bridge-size culvert west of Trochu on Township Road 33-2A. ECA Review/Submitted
Written by Stu Salkeld

Kneehill County council gave initial approval to begin replacing a bridge-size culvert described by staff as having a “very low” structural rating. The decision was made at the Nov. 28 regular meeting of council.

Councillors heard a report from Project Supervisor Mike Conklin regarding a bridge-size culvert located near Trochu.

“Bridge file #13477 is a bridge-sized culvert located west of Trochu on Township Road (33-2A),” stated Conklin in his report to council. “This bridge file has a very low structural rating, 22.2 per cent, and is proposed for replacement in 2024. Design of the replacement structure was approved in the 2023 capital budget.

“The Alberta Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program (STIP) helps fund rehabilitation and maintenance on bridges and bridge-sized culverts on municipal roads.

Typically, funding is only available for bridges with a structural rating of 44.4 per cent and lower. If the application is successful provincial contributions could be up to 75 per cent of eligible costs.”

Conklin quickly explained in his presentation that there was a typo in the agenda package, and confirmed the correct location of the bridge-size culvert in question is on Twp Rd 33-2A west of Trochu.

Defined as “a tunnel carrying a stream or open drain under a roadway,” culverts play a critical role n managing water and runoff; a damaged, inoperative, plugged or missing culvert can lead to serious damage to the roadway, resulting in expensive repairs and delays to the public or business sector who sought to travel that particular roadway.

Conklin noted in his report that applying for and securing the grant in question could help save Kneehill County ratepayers a lot of money.

“There is no cost currently to apply for STIP funding,” stated Conklin. “If approved, the STIP funding would reduce the funding required from the Roads Reserve.

“The replacement of bridge file #13477 is proposed in the 2024 budget with funding from the Roads Reserve. Administration is bringing this request forward prior to final adoption of the 2024 capital budget due to the STIP funding deadline of Nov. 30, 2023 for 2024 construction.”

Coun. Faye McGhee stated she appreciated the extremely detailed report prepared by the staff which included an engineer’s drawing of the proposed new culvert.

Reeve Ken King joked that the road location typo did confuse him a bit.

“I was a little lost,” said King when looking for the incorrect address.

Councillors unanimously approved applying for a STIP grant to help fund the construction of bridge file #13477.

Stu Salkeld
Local Journalism Initiative reporter
ECA Review

About the author

Stu Salkeld

Stu Salkeld, who has upwards of 28 years of experience in the Alberta community newspaper industry, is now covering councils and other news in the Stettler region and has experience working in the area as well.

He has joined the ECA Review as a Local Journalism Initiative Journalist.

Stu earned his two-year diploma in print journalism from SAIT in Calgary from 1993 to ’95 and was raised in Oyen, Alta., one of the communities within the ECA Review’s coverage area.