However, approximately $2 million was saved from other road work projects in the Peace Region, and that road will now be surfaced with a double-seal coat. The project goes from the 101 Prespatou Road, to the 196 Altona Loop Road, with select weak areas in between getting strengthened with Geo-grid. Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm says the project was a natural choice, because much of the gravel work had already been done.
"It absolutely makes full sense, because the gravel surface has just been put down, there's no time for contamination or anything like that, so the prep work and everything has already been done."
Pimm says he was out in the area a few months, and heard how the paving of this farming community road was a high priority for its residents. The sealing with help reduce dust and mud on the busy road.
"A lot of the farming community lives on that road, and when the weather got nasty it was so bad that you had to almost tow vehicles through," he says they told him. "Each and every kid that goes to [Prespatou Elementary] is bussed in to that school, and a lot of them are on the Altona Road, so when you're fighting conditions when you can have school buses off the road, for me, the safety aspect of this was right up there."
Pimm attributes the money saved on other projects to having a competitive process, as bidders don't know what kind of budget there is.