Road bans on in County of Wetaskiwin Apr. 4

Road bans on in County of Wetaskiwin Apr. 4

Councilors debate weather conditions surrounding road bans Apr. 3

The County of Wetaskiwin will be placing its spring road bans on Wed., Apr. 4, heard councilors during their regular meeting Apr. 3.

During the regular report of CAP Rod Hawken councilors heard that road bans were scheduled to go on municipal road the next day.

However, councilor Terry Van de Kraats questioned why the bans couldn’t wait another week. “I don’t understand why now we have to have these road bans on,” said Van de Kraats

Van de Kraats noted it’s far from being a “normal” spring but the extra week of road use would help producers who are hauling grain right now.

Reeve Kathy Rooyakkers stated in her division the roads are softening, and it’s far from solid.

Van de Kraats said it seems pretty firm in his neck of the woods. “It’s cold,” said Van de Kraats. “It’s really cold.”

Hawken said the county wants to be cautious and avoid any risk of damage to the roads. He noted the provincial government already placed their bans on, and some nearby municipalities have also followed suit.

Rooyakkers stated protecting the roads is the number one priority. “We need to protect them,” she said.

Stu.salkeld@pipestoneflyer.ca