These are some anxious times for the people who look after the highways in and around Drumheller and Hanna.
On Monday, January 15 the parent company of Carillion Canada filed for liquidation, saying it could no longer continue.
"Carillion Canada operates as an independent company of the parent company in the United Kingdom: they have a three member board of directors here in Canada," explained Wayne Wood from Alberta Transportation in Edmonton. "We've been in touch with them, we're monitoring that situation very closely, but we're told that Carillion's operations in Alberta will continue as usual."
"We're also talking to some of the other contractors in the province and putting some contingency plans in place just in case Carillion is not able to continue with its conrtacts here in Alberta," he added.
Carillion has 23,000 employees worldwide, including 6,000 in Canada, and is responsible for plowing and maintenance along 40,000 kilometres of highways in Alberta and Ontario. The company's compulsory liquidation comes after the failure of last-ditch talks for a credit lifeline.
"We're working closely with Carillion and right at the moment, it's business as usual," maintained Wood. "Everybody can rest assured that their stretch of highwy will be maintained as usual."