Edmonton, AB— The AAMDC is pleased to see the reintroduction of the Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program. For those not aware, rural municipalities manage the majority of the Alberta’s roads (77%) and bridges (61%) in our province. With many of both past their expected useful life AAMDC sees this as a good first step. The cost of maintaining this infrastructure takes up a sizeable portion of rural municipal budgets.
Our infrastructure deficit grows every year exponentially and we are pleased to see the Government of Alberta willing to return funding to the Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program (STIP) and support our efforts to get our infrastructure deficit in hand. Our roads, bridges and small airports not only provide critical industry access to the province’s natural resources, but also link rural residents and businesses to one another and to community services.
The AAMDC appreciates the willingness of the Government of Alberta to consider the perspectives of rural and small urban municipalities when redesigning and reintroducing STIP, and we look forward to the positive impact the funding will have on the sustainability of Alberta’s rural municipal infrastructure network, and rural economic growth.
Since 1909, the AAMDC has helped Alberta’s rural municipalities achieve strong, effective local government. The association provides Advocacy and Aggregated Business Services for the province’s 69 counties and municipal districts. Learn more at www.aamdc.com.
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