On November 23, 2012, AAMDC President Bob Barss was a guest on the Alberta Primetime television show regarding the current issues facing rural bridge infrastructure. Speaking from Ottawa via video conference, President Barss was part of a discussion panel that included leader of the Alberta NDP, Brian Mason, and President of MPA Engineering Ltd, Stewart Hagan.
The topic of discussion related to the October 2012 Report of the Auditor General that provided a series of recommendations to the Ministry of Transportation regarding the inspection of provincial bridges. President Barss spoke to the safety of bridge infrastructure in rural Alberta and also discussed the shortfall in funding for the needed replacement of bridge structures.
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The AAMDC continues to advocate for funding to assist with the maintenance and replacement of rural bridge infrastructure. In November, the AAMDC published its third issue of Rural Connects, which focused on bridge infrastructure needs in rural areas. This was distributed at the Fall 2012 Convention and was also sent to all Members of the Legislative Assembly. Over the next 10 years, local bridge infrastructure will require an investment of approximately $70 million per year to address the needs for bridge improvements and replacements. With the importance of Alberta’s transportation network for economic growth, the AAMDC will continue to promote the need for the province’s partnership in funding local bridge infrastructure.
Alberta Primetime is a daily current affairs show airing weeknights (7pm MST) across Alberta on CTV Two Alberta.
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