Many residents in town expressed their desire to see our roads paved. In 2014 the Town received an estimate of $2.25 million to pave roughly 3km of roads (there are more than 5km of roads in town). Before committing to paving, we need to ensure that our drainage infrastructure is improved. It would be irresponsible for any municipality to invest in pavement prior to completing storm drainage flows. When run off permeates the soft surface on the shoulder or below the thin membrane on the roads it causes ground shifting which results in wash boarding, potholes, sloughing, etc. These drainage runs need to meet not only our current needs and our future needs, but also the Water Security Agency (WSA) requirements for the 1 in 100 year storm scenario.

While we continue to investigate long term improvements, Town staff have worked hard to improve our dust suppression and road surfaces. Our roads have come a long way since 2014. For a full history read our Road Work Evolution.

It is important to note that the Town does not own all of the roads within our boundaries. The portion of Railway Avenue from Wilfred Street east to Range Road 2212 is owned by the Ministry of Highways and falls under their jurisdiction for maintenance and repairs. This also means that any roads that intersect with that portion of Railway, must meet the Ministry’s approach, line of sight, and safety standards.