FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. — Work on Alberta’s Hwy. 881 has been put on hold for a second time, and local politicians say they’re are getting fed up.
A wet summer put the province’s paving plans a year behind schedule last year, and it looks like the project won’t get caught up any time soon.
“We’d hoped they’d be doing 40 kilometres this year, but it looks like they’re only going to do 20,” Wood Buffalo Coun. Jim Carbery told local media. “Last year there was a commitment to pave 20 kilometres of Hwy. 881, and this year there was a commitment to do another 20.”
He accuses bureaucrats of not following through on their commitment to fix the well-traveled highway.
“At the regional roads committee meeting, frustration was expressed about that,” says Carbery.
Alphonsus Kelly, construction manager for Alberta Transportation’s north central region, confirmed that only one 23-kilometre section on the north end of Hwy. 881 will be finished this year.
“We’ve got a contract for 23 kilometres from north of Cottonwood to north of Robert Creek,” he says. “We’ve also got another contract for south of Heart Lake to north of Heart Lake for about 19.5 km.”