Kneehill County is assessing a new infrastructure program for roads and bridges.
The province announced a new revamped program to help fund improvements to county infrastructure, which has Kneehill's Reeve, Bob Long wondering if the $100 million budget will be enough.
"We have 244 bridge files in Kneehill County," said Long. "Rebuilding, pulling the top off a bridge and redoing the superstructure underneath, will be anywhere from $500,000 to $1 million, so where does that leave funding throughout the province?"
This new program replaces an earlier program meant for market roads, airports and bridges and was discontinued due to budget cutbacks. Still, Long is looking at the new program with positivity.
"It's a step in the right direction," stated Long. "We can't turn down or speak negatively about increased funding to some of those things because one of things we talk a lot about and totally believe, is everything starts in the rural. The economics of Alberta is generated by our oil companies having access to roads and bridges and our farmers having access to roads and bridges and all of that stuff leads to the economy of Alberta."
Last week Kneehill County passed their operating and capital budgets for 2017 which did not include an increase in taxes.
Photo: Dunphy bridge in Kneehill County