Marshal Nickerson

Construction on Main Street slated for August

The Main Street of Rimbey will see some upheaval later this summer, but the end result will be worth the disruption.

The Main Street of Rimbey will see some upheaval later this summer, but the end result will be worth the disruption.

Earlier this spring, the provincial government made the announcement that the province would be planned to rehabilitate highways in rural Alberta.

Highway 53 which runs through Rimbey is one of the highways designated for upgrades.

Melissa Beebe, acting CAO for the town of Rimbey said Alberta Transportation plans to start the work in mid to late August.

A paving crew will start on Secondary Highway 771 to the Keyera Gas Plant and then move into the town.

Work will continue 29 kilometers west to the Clearwater County border.

Cost for the project is $8 million.

The 20 km farthest west along Highway 53 will be made up of recycled materials. The asphalt now in place will be ground and put back into the new pavement. The furthest nine kilometers of highway will also include deep reclamation processes.

The pavement is to be monitored and measured annually for smoothness, strength and maintenance costs.

Beebe said signs and detours will be in place during the construction to ensure traffic continues to flow smoothly.