Red Deer County will look at whether to expand its road paving program this year after a 31 per cent dip in asphalt prices.
Last summer, county paving projects for 2021 were estimated to cost about $6.5 million and on Tuesday Border Paving Ltd. was awarded the paving contract with a bid of about $4.7 million.
The plan includes work on Burnt Lake Trail, and subdivisions including Balmoral Heights and Ridge Estates, and more.
Council was pleased tenders came in under budget and coun. Philip Massier asked if now was the time to look at future savings by moving ahead on more paving projects.
“Is this the time to get ahead, or is this the time to just enjoy the good prices and worry about the five and ten-year plans as they roll out? Massier asked at the county council meeting.
“We’re very dependent on reserves this year and maybe we won’t have to be as dependent.”
Administration said council will have an opportunity to revisit the municipal budget prior to sending out property tax bills. Paving and bridge work are among several key elements in the budget that can be revisited.