By Justin Seward
Cypress County council voted for Alberta Transportation to add Township Road 120 to their high load network at the July 6 meeting.
The condition is that all parties have to enter into an agreement that addressed increased maintenance, depreciation and liability.
“Alberta Transportation has indicated that in the future there will be a Highway 1 bypass that will be situated south of the existing paved Township Road 120,” as read in the agenda package.
“Until the bypass is built, Alberta Transportation wishes to include Township Road 120 as a part of the provinces high load corridor.”
Administration had concerns of depreciation, maintenance and liability.
“When we look at the Municipal Government Act and the Highways Development and Protection Act, it is clear the control of roads go hand and hand with responsibility to keep the road in a reasonable state of repair,” as read in the agenda package.
“The biggest thing—all roads are 20 years (old) when you resurface the pavement and are all heavy wide loads. I mean that’s the life cycle of asphalt,” said Coun. Shane Hok.
“Alberta Transportation should be taken on the liability because they’re the ones sending traffic down. They should be permitted and then we should be getting the funds for permitting.”
Coun. Robin Kurpjuweit said, “Shane put that beautifully. I think that’s what I was going to say.”:
“It makes way more sense than going through the city and so how do we manage it. I think number 3 (the decision council went with), I can get behind as well if we can actually get into an agreement.”