ST. PAUL – County of St. Paul council discussed the construction of a bridge that collapsed on Aug. 15, 2022, between St. Paul and Elk Point. The bridge is underwater, according to County administration.
Construction of a new bridge is estimated to cost $1.3 million.
In February 2023, a funding request to the Alberta government through the Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program (STIP) was not approved, so the project did not proceed.
However, the funding was approved in August 2023, which would cover 75 per cent of the cost - up to $997,500, with the remaining amount to be covered by the County.
Engineering and environmental work has been completed and tendering of the project will begin in February of this year. Bridge construction is expected to begin in July 2024 and be complete in September 2024.
During the Jan. 9 regular council meeting, Coun. Maxine Fodness made a motion to ratify the engineering and environmental work to start the project. The motion was carried.
The bridge is located at Range Road 73, between Township Road 570A and TWP 570.