Local gravel roads are getting an upgrade.
 
Sturgeon County council approved the motion to contract out the work to Select Engineering Consultants Ltd. for their local roads reconstruction program (LRRP), at the May 8 meeting.
 
This contract comes with a price tag of $680,655.
 
“It’s quite a large program spanning over 10 years, so this initial cash layout is only for the detail and design portion,” noted mayor Alanna Hnatiw.
 
The goal is to reconstruct a minimum of 128 kilometres of gravel roads in four phases.
 
The LRRP was brought in by the previous council in 2016. The county has shifted away from doing their own road construction at the advice of a consultant and contract out the work instead.
 
Hnatiw made it clear during the meeting that she encouraged “their CAO to stay on top of the administration of this program, to make sure it stays on budget and they are contracting out services they truly need to and not contracting out services that can be done in house.”

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