The governments of Canada and Alberta announced investment in a disaster mitigation project for the Town of Peace River, to protect the town and its water infrastructure from landslides.

A landslide in June 2016 significantly impacted utility lines, roadways, and buildings surrounding the 99 Street slope. The funding announced today will go toward building an anchored wall along the top and bottom of the slope to stabilize the upper and lower slide masses.  The water and sewer lines affected by the 2016 landslide will also be repositioned under 99 Street, and the water flow rerouted to ensure local residents have reliable water and sewer services.

“We’re very grateful for both the federal and provincial support for this work, which will address the risks of future landslides in this area,” said Tom Tarpey, Mayor of Peace River. “As well, these contributions from our other government partners will also ensure the Town of Peace River isn’t faced with undue financial burden in mitigating these risks.”

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Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Amarjeet Sohi, with Minister of Alberta Transportation, Brian Mason, and Mayor Tarpey, made a joint announcement of nearly $6.7 million in funding to improve the structural integrity of the slope below 99 Street.

“The Government of Canada is committed to building safer more resilient communities, a critical part of promoting economic development and growing the middle class. This investment in Peace River’s disaster mitigation infrastructure will help ensure the community can function and thrive through any circumstance.”

Canada and Alberta are each contributing up to $1,918,862 to this project through the New Building Canada Fund: Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component–National and Regional Projects. The Town of Peace River is providing the remaining $2,856,220. Work on the project began this February and is expected to be completed by autumn 2018.

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