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Edmonton boosts spending on roads

JOC News Service
Edmonton boosts spending on roads

The City of Edmonton will invest an additional $16.3 million on 51 more road projects this year.

The announcement came last month, halfway through the year’s road construction season.

"Back in April, city council renewed our commitment to road infrastructure by reallocating $27.1 million from the 2014 budget for additional roadwork this year and next," said Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson.

"This additional investment demonstrates the aggressive approach Council is taking to renewing Edmonton’s essential roadway infrastructure."

The city is using the additional funds to pave 25 more arterial road projects ($10 million) and 26 more neighbourhood road projects ($6.3 million) that were not on the original roadwork schedule for 2014.

The 51 extra projects are spread across Edmonton, bringing the total number of road projects this year to 178. The city’s total 2014 investment in arterial and collector roads, bridges and interchanges and neighbourhood infrastructure is $431.1 million

The remaining $10.8 million from Council’s 2014 budget reallocation will be invested in road paving in 2015.

"It’s a big year for road construction in Edmonton and so far things have gone smoothly," said Iveson.

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