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Posted on: March 10, 2020

FIX OUR HIGHWAYS

Fix our Highway

The Town of Slave Lake is encouraging all residents from across the Slave Lake Region to voice their concerns on the state of Highways in the Slave Lake Region.

Mayor and Council have hit a pothole when it comes to getting answers from the Alberta Government about repairing the crumbling Highways in the Slave Lake Region. 

We have been told that only when enough residents express their concerns will the government look at improving the roads in certain areas. 

We want to send a strong message to the Government of Alberta. Residents from across the Slave Lake Region should email Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, Alberta Transportation Minister Ric McIver, and our Local MLA Pat Rehn to let them know that our Highways are crumbling and are becoming a major safety concern, and the lack of concern for our Highways has become unacceptable! 

Be sure to add a photo of the crumbling highways. For your safety we have complied a photo gallery of the potholes along our Highways. Click here to view the photo gallery and save photos to send with your letter.

Click here to email the Premier, Minister of Transportation, MLA Pat Rehn, and Senior Transportation Officials and let them know to FIX OUR HIGHWAYS. 


If you are unsure as to what to say, copy the letter below and email it.

Honourable Ric McIver
Minister of Transportation, Deputy House Leader

Honourable Jason Kenney 
Premier of Alberta

MLA Pat Rehn
Lesser Slave River 

Re: Conditions of Provincial Highways in Slave Lake Area

This letter is to address concerns with the state of provincially run highways in the Lesser Slave Lake area. Highway 2 and Highway 88 are in a condition of disrepair and have become a serious safety concern to the residents of the Town of Slave Lake and those residing in the surrounding communities located in the Lesser Slave River Municipal District No. 124 and Sawridge First Nation. 

Recently representatives from local government bodies, the Town of Slave Lake, Lesser Slave River Municipal District No. 124 and the Sawridge First Nation, met with MLA Pat Rehn to discuss constituent worries pertaining to the highways surrounding the local area.  Concerns with the current condition and the lack of maintenance, along with safety risks associated with driving these roadways, were all brought forward.  Residents have expressed qualms involving vehicle maintenance and their personal safety being at risk while travelling.  As a citizen I am now bringing these same issues and concerns to your attention.

The Town of Slave Lake is a major hub for many surrounding communities located within the Municipal District of Lesser Slave River, Sawridge First Nation, Municipal District of Opportunity and Bigstone Cree Nation. Inhabitants from all of these areas travel these highways to obtain access to shopping, medical appointments and employment.  When does the Provincial Government plan on investing in Capital Improvements in our area to address the highway conditions? 

The highways are riddled with potholes, cracks and crumbling pavement that can cause, and have caused, damage to vehicles.  The current state of these roadways has caused many individuals to be apprehensive trying to safely operate a vehicle on them.  Highway users are driving their vehicles to avoid the worst of the damaged roadways, in an effort to reduce wear and damage on their means of transportation.  This causes safety concerns when operators are focused on the condition of the pavement, instead of the entire driving environment, and can be a catalyst for accidents to occur.  Until Capital Improvements are scheduled and completed what is the plan for interim maintenance to improve these terrible road conditions?  Every time citizens travel we feel we are risking our safety just to be able to access basic amenities or maintain our daily way of life. 

I thank you for taking the time to review my concerns and I look forward to your response and action plan to address them.  Our concerns as residents of Alberta should be heard and acknowledged by our Government. Please respond with answers to my questions, as asked earlier in the letter and below

When does the Provincial Government plan on investing in Capital Improvements in our area to address the highway conditions?

Until Capital Improvements are scheduled and completed what is the plan for interim maintenance to improve these terrible road conditions?

Sincerely,

Resident of the Slave Lake Region

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