Residents and officials gathered Friday, September 20 in the County of Stettler to recognize improvements to an important local road that will bring long-lasting benefits to the community.
“Upgrades to routes like Fenn Road make our transportation network more efficient and reliable,” said Earl Dreeshen, Member of Parliament for Red Deer.
“The upgrades to Fenn Road mean that producers and industry will benefit from greater and safer access to resources and markets. In fact, since the road connects with two provincial highways, access is improved for all area residents,” said Minister of Alberta Transportation Ric McIver.
“Fenn Road is used by farmers, business owners and oilfield workers to extract resources from our land and export them to markets around the province,” said Wayne Nixon, Reeve of the County of Stettler. “Not only is the Fenn Road upgrade good for our economy, but it greatly improves the longevity of the road, making it a transportation route that we can rely on far into the future.”
Fenn Road is critical to the local transportation network, providing access to multiple gravel mines in the area. It is also used by oilfield service vehicles and local farmers for the transportation of goods and services, as well as school busses and local commuters.
The County of Stettler used $581,376 of its federal Gas Tax Fund allocation toward the road improvements as well as $2,838,758 in municipal funds. The Government of Alberta contributed $3,460,800 for a total project cost of $6,880,934.
The federal Gas Tax Fund transfer provides long-term funding to municipalities across the country to build and revitalize their local infrastructure.
This year the government will invest $1.4 billion in Alberta’s highway network.