County of Wetaskiwin council heard a report from their Director of Public Works about the removal of so-called “speed corners” on private property throughout the municipality.
Director of Public Works Neil Powell made his regular report to council Sept. 11.
According to Powell’s report, “Public Works crews have been correcting a number of intersections and road alignments where the roadway is encroaching on private property.
“This is to place the roadway within the public road allowance as well as addressing roadway clear zone violations, culvert damage and sight line issues.
“The removal of speed corners is not popular with some residents and Administration is taking the time to explain the reason for the removal.
“Of the many landowners contacted with roadways encroaching their property, the majority agrees with the removal of the speed curves.”
Powell said a new piece of equipment has been acquired. “The County has just received its shoulder conditioner. This attachment will be installed on our new CAT construction grader and will be used to remove the lip of material on many of our road shoulders.
“Methods and operations will be conducted this fall to arrive at best uses and practices. A maintenance program to tackle the issue of flat road crown, wide roads and prominence of shoulder lips will be further discussed at upcoming Strategic Planning and Budget 2019 sessions.”
Councilor Terry Van de Kraats asked if staff have some samples available that the conditioner has performed, but Powell said staff have had the conditioner only a short time. The Public Works director stated by October there should be some samples that can be reported back to council.
“The 2018 Road Construction Project(s) are slowly proceeding,” stated Powell in his report.
“The work is being done by Netook Construction Ltd. and ROHI Engineering consulting. Currently, the crew is still working on TWP RD 472 of HWY 2A and once done, will progress west to the Battle Lake Trail and then to TR 480 (ditching) and grade upgrades.”
Powell reported to council, “The Louis Bull Flyover work is nearing completion. The work involved paving the bridge approaches from the east and west as well as the installation of new guardrail.”
“Phase 2 of the South Regional Pigeon Lake Wastewater System is a month into construction and involves force main installation and the build of the lift station,” stated Powell’s report. “The work is approximately 50 per cent completed with an expected October 2018 completion. Some difficulties in acquiring power to the lift station remains but a solution is expected before it becomes an issue with the contractor constructing Lift Station 3.”