Red Deer County has more than 50 bridges and more than 100 bridge-sized culverts (those with a diameter of more than 1.5 meters) within its boundaries. The majority of these were built between 1950 and 1970. Since they generally have a 50 to 60 year lifespan, many of the structures have been starting to show their age. Accordingly, Red Deer County has been proactively replacing several of these structures each year. A rehabilitation program is also in place which can, in many cases, extend bridge life expectancies at a savings to the taxpayer.
Other related programs include:
Yearly bridge cleaning on structures where road salt is used
Periodic grass mowing around bridge structures to maintain traffic sight-lines, and to reduce fire hazards
Formal inspections of bridge and culvert structures with a schedule ranging from yearly (on older structures) to once every 5 years (on newer structures)
Red Deer County's 2021 bridge structure replacement program
Red Deer County's 2021 Bridge Structure Replacement Program will cost $4,913,158. The program will be funded by $2,288,031 from the Canada Community Building Fund (formerly Gas Tax Fund), $2,436,038 from the Municipal Sustainability Initiative grant with the balance of $189,089 being funded by Red Deer County.
Structures that were replaced this year:
BF833 - RR 282/ S. Of Burnt Lake Trail over SYLVAN CREEK
BF1788 - RR 272/ N. Of McKenzie Trail over PIPER CREEK
BF6756 - TR 342/E. Of RR 23 over OLDS CREEK
BF71135 - RR 244/ N. Of Hwy 590 over GHOSTPINE CREEK
BF79517 - RR 40/ N. Of TR 380 over 2ND ORDER TRIBUTARY TO MEDICINE RIVER