2008-07-04

$600,000 GRANT TO IMPROVE LOCAL ROADS IN VALEMOUNT

The Province is providing a $600,000 grant to help the Village of Valemount upgrade local roads impacted by the harvest of mountain pine beetle infested wood, Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Kevin Falcon announced today.

“We know the road network in the rural communities has been hard hit by logging trucks carrying mountain pine beetle wood to market,” said Falcon. “This funding will help alleviate the wear and tear caused by heavy truck traffic and help ensure a safe, reliable road for the travelling public.”

The grant to Valemount is part of a $10-million one-time contribution to smaller communities to improve key local roads impacted by the mountain pine beetle harvest. Municipalities are required to continue to maintain these roads for industrial use.