City Boosts Road Construction Spending by $16.3 Million
Additional Council funding means more road improvements in 2014
Halfway through the 2014 road construction season, Mayor Don Iveson has announced that the City will invest an additional $16.3 million on 51 additional road projects in 2014.
“Back in April, City Council renewed our commitment to road infrastructure by reallocating $27.1 million from the 2014 budget for additional roadwork this year and next,” said Mayor Iveson. “This additional investment demonstrates the aggressive approach Council is taking to renewing Edmonton’s essential roadway infrastructure.”
The City is using the additional funds to pave 25 more arterial road projects ($10 million) and 26 more neighbourhood road projects ($6.3 million) that were not on the original roadwork schedule for 2014. The 51 extra projects are spread across Edmonton, bringing the total number of road projects this year to 178. The City’s total 2014 investment in arterial and collector roads, bridges and interchanges and neighbourhood infrastructure is $431.1 million
The remaining $10.8 million from Council’s 2014 budget reallocation will be invested in road paving in 2015.
So far the City has completed six road projects in 2014, including the Walterdale Hill realignment that opened one month ahead of schedule. City crews have also fixed 245,770 potholes in the first half of 2014.
“It’s a big year for road construction in Edmonton and so far things have gone smoothly,” said Mayor Iveson. “We know construction impacts like noise and detours can be challenging for everyone – motorists, pedestrians and cyclists alike – but when the work is done everyone benefits from improved road infrastructure. I want to thank Edmontonians for their continued patience as we work towards that goal.”