$35 million made available for Alberta's municipal transport infrastructure
Alberta has updated its Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program (STIP) to better meet the needs of municipalities.
In 2017-2018, $35 million in funding for local road bridges, resource roads, and community airports will be available to smaller towns, municipal districts, and counties. This investment is expected to support more than 200 jobs across the province as approved projects get underway in 2017.
Stakeholders were consulted this past spring to inform the changes that have been made to improve the program’s criteria before being re-launched.
“The Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties (AAMDC) is pleased to see the reintroduction of the Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program (STIP) and believes that it is a good first step in getting our infrastructure deficit in hand. AAMDC rural municipal members manage the majority of Alberta’s roads (77 per cent), most of the resource roads, and 61 per cent of the bridges in our province. Our roads, bridges and small airports not only provide critical industry access to the province’s natural resources, but also link rural residents and businesses to one another and to community services,” said Al Kemmere, president, Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties.
The new deadline for STIP applications for the 2017-2018 year is Feb. 3, 2017. Municipalities can apply through their regional Alberta Transportation office or online at the Municipal Grants Management Application system. STIP’s new guidelines can be found on Alberta Transportation’s website.
Brian Mason, Alberta’s Minister of Transportation and Minister of Infrastructure, said of the updated plan, “Restoring this funding means Alberta’s towns and counties will have the roads and bridges they need to grow sustainably…. Through our recent engagement, we heard from rural communities and worked to revise the program to better meet their needs.”