Maintaining Vital County Infrastructure
Lac Ste. Anne County is home to more than two hundred bridges of various size and structure. Compared to its municipal neighbours, the County manages a relatively large number of timber bridges. Care and maintenance of these structures fall under the purview of the Public Works Department. Under the Municipal Government and Public Highways Acts, Municipalities must:
- Maintain bridge structures for safety and maximize the economic service life
- Construct new bridge structures to an appropriate standard
Bridge Asset Management Program
Lac Ste. Anne County's bridge inventory includes 217 Structures that are classified as follows:
• 72 Standard Bridges (Short Span Timber or Concrete bridges)
• 133 Bridge Sized Culverts (Barrel diameters > 1.5 meters.)
• 12 Major Bridges (including Steel Girder, long span Concrete or Truss Bridges)
A large number of bridges in the County are timber bridges, with a significant amount of these structures constructed between 1950 and 1960. The typical service life of a bridge is between 45 and 60 years.
Based on the Service Life and the requirements under the Municipal Government Act and Public Highways Development Act, it is projected that 50% of the County's bridge structures need to be replaced or repaired within the next 10-15 years.
The County's Annual Bridge Replacement Program includes upgrades, improvements and, where required, replacement to select bridge structures in the County.
The County owns and maintains 217 bridges. These structures are comprised of 72 short- span “standard” bridges, 133 bridge-sized culverts (culverts with a diameter of 1.5 m to 6.0 m), and 12 long-span “major” bridges. Until 2012, the County received significant provincial grants to support the ongoing capital maintenance of its bridge infrastructure. Between 2012 and 2017, however, the County was given absolutely no provincial funding to support its bridge maintenance program. This lapse in funding caused severe maintenance deficiencies that eventually resulted in load restrictions and closed bridges.
In 2016, the County tendered and repaired seven bridges. Three critical bridges were opened to traffic at the end of December 2016, and the balance of the work was completed mid-March 2017. The total cost of this project was roughly $1 Million.
In 2017, the provincial grant program was reintroduced as a competitive application process. Presently, however, grant funding amounts to just $37 million each year, and is intended for local road bridge maintenance projects across the entire province. This same year, County Council adopted a long-range bridge infrastructure plan, which included 23 bridge projects at a cost of $3.3 million over the next ten years. The County retains a bridge engineering consultant to assess the condition of bridge structures. Based on inspections, priority projects are identified for major repairs or replacement and referred to in the capital budget.
In 2016, the County purchased two portable bridge structures to help maintain transportation routes when bridges undergo major reconstruction. The 2016 capital included major repairs or reconstruction of 8 bridge structures. This $1.6 million expenditure in County infrastructure was funded in large part by the Federal Gas Tax Fund; a grant that provides predictable, long-term, stable funding that helps municipalities build and revitalize local public infrastructure while creating jobs and long-term prosperity.
2019/2020 Bridge Maintenance Status
In 2019, the County tendered and repaired seven bridges. As of March 1, 2020, six of these projects have been completed; the remaining project has begun with a completion date of March 20, 2020. Explore the map below to view the locations of these projects.
Current and Historical Bridge Repair Programs
Until 2012, the County received significant Provincial grants to support the ongoing capital maintenance of its bridge infrastructure. Between 2012 and 2017, however, Lac Ste. Anne County received absolutely no provincial funding to support its bridge maintenance program. This lapse in funding caused severe maintenance deficiencies that eventually resulted in load restrictions and closed bridges. This funding lapse was typical for many municipalities in rurl Alberta; it was not unique to Lac Ste. Anne County.
Bridge – RR100 South of TWP570
Bridge Rehabilitation (BF13333)
March 31, 2020
Work underway from March 31 - April 14, 2020
Tributary to the Pembina River East of RR62 on TWP 565
Bridge Rehabilitation (BF13733)
Little Paddle River on RR73 North of TWP573
Bridge Rehabilitation (BF1301)
Tributary to the Pembina River on RR43 Between TWP563 & TWP 564
Bridge Rehabilitation (BF9965)
Little Paddle River west of RR81 on TWP575
Bridge Rehabilitation (BF13233)
December 10, 2019
December 17, 2019
Tributary to the Pembina RiverSE18-57-4-W5
Bridge Rehabilitation (BF72270)
Bridge - Sturgeon River on RR25 North of TWP551
Bridge Rehabilitation (BF7483)
January 20, 2020
January 27, 2020
Bridge – Sturgeon River on RR15 South of TWP550
Bridge Rehabilitation (BF8817)
March 9, 2020
March 20, 2020