Highways Will Deteriorate With Rehab Spending Cuts

Alberta Transportation has provided details of spending plans over the next three years to share with ARHCA members.

The budget breakdown shows sharp cuts in provincial highway rehabilitation when compared to targets released in 2017. Those begin in 2018-19 when spending falls $58.5 million and cuts will accelerate in 2019-20 with funding reduced by $151 million.

The impact on highways from this drastic 33-percent cut in rehabilitation investment will become noticeable to the public in the spring of 2019 as conditions deteriorate. Even though AT’s current business plan does not show this in its performance measures, the 2019 budget documents will identify this as an issue for coming years.

Other notable changes compared to targets in Budget 2017:

  • Bridges – down $26 million in 2018 and $43 million in 2019;
  • ACP – no change in 2018, but 400 km less in 2019;
  • Grading – minor drop for 2018 and projected 2019 increase of 1.3 million cubic metres;
  • Water Management – Dollars have been reserved in Budget 2018 for major water management, but not attached to a project in the AT business plan.  The Springbank project is expected to be announced and initiated this fiscal year.

Spending targets for next three years:

Provincial Highway Rehabilitation (millions)

2018-19 2019-20 2020-21
$335.5 $305.5 $305.5

Excludes P3 rehab and slide repairs.

Bridges (millions)

2018-19 2019-20 2020-21
$60 $60 $60

Highway Maintenance (millions)

2018-19 2019-20 2020-21
$253.8 $253.3 $253.3

Pavement Preservation - Road Component (millions)

2018-19 2019-20 2020-21
$10.5 $10.5 $11

This funding is primarily for corrective and preventative maintenance activities such as spray patching and microsurfacing.

QUANTITIES

ACP (kms / tonnes)

Quantity 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21
Kms 1,200 1,000 980
Tonnes 3.1 million 2.4 million 2.3 million

Quantities are inclusive of all programs, but exclude ring roads. This includes quantities with work types such as Overlay, Grade Widening, 2nd Stage Paving, Twinning – 2nd Stage, Reconstruction and 6 Laning.

Earthmoving (million cubic metres)

2018-19 2019-20 2020-21
2.2 3.0 1.8

Quantities exclude ring roads.

Water Management - Dams, Canals, Carseland-Bow River Project (millions)

2018-19 2019-20 2020-21
$29 $29 $30

Major Capital Projects

Click HERE for details of the 2018 Construction Program including a map.