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Saturday , 10 April 2021

CVR road report for 2020 work completed

The County of Vermilion River outlined road projects as one their 2020 highlights during a Vermilion & District Chamber of Commerce Business Connect meeting last week.

“The number one request is always roads – it’s simply because of the miles of roads we have,” said Reeve Lonnie Wolgien.

“We are blessed with the fortune of people wanting to travel with a smart car down a back road, and a Super-B.”

The county serves approximately 8,200 residents and is responsible for approximately 5,300 kilometres of roads.

Last year alone, they gravelled 1,100 kilometres for approximately $4.5 million. Their dust control program added $1.1 million to complete 290 kilometres.

Thirty-eight kilometres of road construction cost $2.8 million.

“Two paving projects over 33 kilometres totalled $14.2 million put back into the local economy,” said Wolgien.

“CVR had one of the best years as far as project completion, despite being a COVID year.”

With an addition to their natural gas facility, he was asked if they utilized any Vermilion contractors. He said any projects over $75,000 are put up for tender, so the gas project went to Lloydminster companies, and gravel to a Kitscoty company but they are all available to everyone.

“The support of small businesses come from our staff. The county supports a lot of parts from Midwest or Napa, so we are supporting local and Vermilion companies as much as we can,” said Wolgien.

About Angela Mouly

Angela comes to Lakeland Connect after leaving traditional newspaper where she spent the past four years reporting on community events. Her repertoire includes writing about history, politics, agriculture, sports, entertainment and art. She was the third place recipient of an AWNA General Excellence Award for “Best Front Page” during their 2016 Better Newspaper Competition. Angela has lived in rural Alberta all her life and in Vermilion for the past 15 years. She looks forward to continuing to serve and inform the Lakeland community by joining in people's many adventures and sharing their stories.