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Volume 21, Number 30, Wednesday, July 27, 2016

More delays

for Fort

Highway

The mounted police established a fort on the North Saskatchewan river as part of a plan to bring peace to the West and prepare for the coming of a railroad and development.

Our community has grown substantially since 1876, and many might look back at these past 140 years and say we have enjoyed steady progress.

But most of us know better. Progress has been anything but steady. Though Fort Saskatchewan has prospered, it has seen bust as well as boom. Our economy tanked just before the First World War and didn’t really recover until Sherritt Gordon Mines arrived in 1952, when we experienced the wildest boom ever and tripled our population in just a year or so.

Then came the oil boom of the 1970s, followed by the bust of the 1980s; the real estate bubble of 2008, followed by the crash of 2009; and now another oil price crash and recession.

My point to all of this is how laughable it is to review any future growth plans. No one can be certain of anything but change ahead. What goes up will come down and what goes down will come up. But when and how fast?

Tell me what the price of oil will be next year and I can probably make a good guess as to how our economy will do in 2017. But since no one can do that, all we can get is a bad guess.

That is all any of our planning documents can be, which is why they all look so silly years later.

Plans must be made. We have to be ready to do what needs to be done when growth occurs. But here in Alberta we would be wise never to prepare too far in advance.

Don’t build it until they come — because they might not get here for a very long time.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

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Plans nothing more than guesses

Expect some new delays on the other side of the North Saskatchewan bridge.

Alberta Transportation is repaving Highway 15 at the Lamoureux intersection, as well as a section to the west at Range Road 232.

Work is already underway at Range Road 232, including new pavement and widening of the road at that point.

Work begins within a week or so at the Lamoureux Drive intersection, at the north end of the bridge. A new culvert will be installed first, followed by widening and repaving of about a kilometre of the highway.

The highway under the CN overpass will be completely reconstructed and will require alternating lane closures, says project manager Dave Hine with Opus Stewward Weir Ltd. However, the work will be done at night, allowing two-way traffic during the day.

Work will be done between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. daily.

The work is to be completed by October.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016