Paving project at Stettler

A section of Hwy 56 running through the Town of Stettler will get new pavement after complaints that is so potholed that truck traffic is shaking the walls of nearby homes. The provincial government has come up with $400,000 to repave a portion of the highway this summer between 53rd and 57th Streets. “They’re going to do one of the worst sections,” said town manager Rob Stoutenberg on Tuesday.

A section of Hwy 56 running through the Town of Stettler will get new pavement after complaints that is so potholed that truck traffic is shaking the walls of nearby homes.

The provincial government has come up with $400,000 to repave a portion of the highway this summer between 53rd and 57th Streets.

“They’re going to do one of the worst sections,” said town manager Rob Stoutenberg on Tuesday.

However, the funding falls well short of the town’s request to have the provincial highway through town completely repaved.

Only about 20 per cent of the highway, also known in town as 51st Avenue, will get new paving, estimated Stoutenberg.

The town intends to continue lobbying the province for the funding to complete the job, he said.

Town council was told last fall that parts of the highway are so bumpy that vibrations from passing trucks have been strong enough to rattle windows and knock pictures off walls in houses lining the route.

It is believed that it has been at least 25 years since the province repaved the road.

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