Millet mayor calls for damaged highway awareness following provincial error

Secondary Highway 616 tentatively added to 2019 construction schedule

The Town of Millet is using a location typo in a letter recently received from the minister of transportation to bring more awareness to a troubled road in the town.

At council’s May 10, 2017 meeting councillors directed administration to send a letter to Minister of Infrastructure Brian Mason, regarding the “danger of immediate failure” of Secondary Highway 616.

CAO Teri Pelletier previously said the highway leading west out of Millet is failing in many spots.

However, the response letter viewed during town council’s July 19 meeting stated, “The 14 kilometer overlay of Highway 616, from three kilometers east of Highway 822 to Highway 21, will be included in the department’s new three-year Provincial Construction Program. The project is tentatively scheduled for construction in 2019. In the short-term, Alberta Transportation will continue monitoring the condition of the road and make interim repairs if necessary.”

Highway 21 runs north to south approximately half an hour east of the Millet, and is not the section of road described in the town’s original letter to Mason.

Carbon copied in the letter was Russ Watts, regional director with Alberta Transportation.

“Administration has taken it upon itself to contact Mr. Watts directly,” said Pelletier.

Mayor Tony Wadsworth wants Mason to be made better aware of the situation Millet and Secondary Highway 616 are facing.

Wadsworth added increased construction traffic to the upcoming Lakeside Meadows subdivision could further impact the road.

“We need to get some increased attention from the Department of Transportation. Down the road we’d like him (Mason) to know what’s going on there,” said Wadsworth.

Council passed a motion to have town administration reach out to Mason.