March 14, 2016 12:44 pm

Alberta consults with municipalities about transportation infrastructure spending

The highway leading into Sundre, Alberta.

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EDMONTON – The Alberta government is looking for input from smaller communities on how it can best provide funding to help with transportation infrastructure.

The NDP government is consulting with municipalities on how to best utilize funding for the Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program.

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“Restoring funding to STIP will help municipalities build the transportation infrastructure they need to encourage economic growth and support their communities. We want to get it right,” said Transportation Minister Brian Mason.

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The STIP is designed to provide financial assistance to smaller and rural municipalities for developing and maintaining transportation infrastructure.

In November, the government said it would restore $100 million for the program starting in April 2017.

“Investment in transportation infrastructure is essential to urban municipalities across the province. In particular, community airports, bridges and roads are important transportation links that have been under-resourced and are in need of capital improvements,” President of Alberta Urban Municipalities Association Lisa Holmes said.

“We’re talking about, you know, ‘What are the criteria? What kind of projects will be funded?’ That sort of thing. ‘What does the application process look like,'” Mason explained.

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