The town’s Hwy. 1A improvement project is out for tender and its scope has been revised to include Centre Ave. improvements originally scheduled for 2022.

The construction is being extended along Centre Ave. southward to accommodate a smoother intersection tie-in and deep utility work.  

Also added to the project are utility upgrades under the highway, storm infrastructure required by Alberta Transportation, and enhancements to the highway's aesthetics.

By upgrading existing utilities that run under the highway now, it will ensure the roadway will not need to be impacted in the future in response to future growth, explain town officials. By doing so, it provides the potential for long-term savings.

The project currently has a budget of $13.8 million. The town is contributing $10.32 million towards the project, and the province is providing $3.38 million through a municipal stimulus grant. It was originally presented as a $12.9 million project in November 2020.

The two-year project is anticipated to begin in mid-to-late June. Phase 1 will be completed this summer between the bottom of the Big Hill and Third Street West. Phase 2 will complete the work west of Third Street West.

It's expected to be completed in Fall 2022.