By Justin Seward
Cypress County developed a five-year construction plan from 2018-2022 that identified roads that need upgrades. The updated includes a break down of estimated costs in priority to upgrade rural roads and hamlet streets. The budget is $1.6 million per year to do the upgrades which equals $ 8 million in the five year plan.
Council approved the projects starting at the Oct. 3 meeting.
First Street in Suffield
Soil cement and re-oiling first street in Suffield was removed from the five year road construction plan because it was included in the 2017 Water Distribution Line Replacement Capital project.
Township Road 162 between Range Road 10 and Range Road 14
Township 162 was included in the 2018 road construction plan to deliver improved drainage by constructing a new high grade gravel road. The upgrade will provide safer travel for medium size traffic and a longer lasting road stability for the higher volume of larger sized traffic.
Range Road 40 between subdivision 12021 and Township Road 114
There will be oil applied only to the road at an estimated cost of $330,000.
Eagle Butte Road between Township Road 33 and Highway 41
The 1.6 Km section of the Eagle Butte Road between Range Road 33 and Highway 41 is a gravel medium grade road with curves and brush in the right of way. This road is a main route for hauling lifestock to and from grazing pastures.
The suggestion is to construct this section of road to a gravel new high grade, improve curves and remove brush to improve sight lines.
Range Road 14 between Township Road 95 and Highway 515
The section of roads goes one resident and is a main access road to three gravel pits.
Improvements to the ditching and sight line distance on the hills and expand proper back slopping to remedy snow drifting are the suggestions brought forward.
Seven Persons infrastructure renewal
The sanitary sewer collection in Seven Persons was constructed in 1993. The system is in fair condition but there are areas that are in poor condition. The primary concerns are on Railway Street where all the sanitary sewer is collected and transported to the lagoon. First Avenue’s sanitary sewer line is in very poor condition and will need to be replaced. Council directed administration to get a preliminary plan in place for if and when grants will come in to start ground breaking.