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Council discusses infrastructure projects to receive provincial funding

The city is setting up some plans for road construction and infrastructure projects for next year.

The reconstruction of the intersection at 44 Street and 62 Avenue was chosen as the main infrastructure project to receive provincial funding. The project will see some underground upgrades installed, the storm sewers along the south side of 44 Street replaced and a concrete pad placed at the intersection.

City engineers chose the intersection because of the continual deterioration caused by the heavy volume of traffic.

The Saskatchewan government will be covering about $1.6 million of the project through the Municipal Economic Enhancement Program with the city chipping in another $970,000. The total cost for the reconstruction was estimated at $2.66 million. Mayor Gerald Aalbers explains the funding amount is calculated based on the per capita population of the city on the Saskatchewan side.

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“We received, based on the population of Lloydminster-Saskatchewan, $1,690,000 and change from the Government of Saskatchewan. There is criteria to where that money goes. It could be used for a project of that amount or more.”

City staff also provided two other projects as possibilities for the funding. One would be to continue the water and sewer main replacements on 50 Street in between 52 Avenue and 54 Avenue at a cost of $2.5 million. The other was reconstruction of 40 Avenue from 52 Street to 67 Street for $2.03 million.

“All three projects have been on the board for sometime,” Aalbers says. “In many cases, it’s a continuation of the work that needs to be done.”

He says they will need to be done at some point once funding is figured out.

The city will need to send the project to the provincial government for approval before receiving the funding. If accepted, the project must be completed by March 31, 2022.

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