Calcium chloride base stabilization complete for this year
The heavy use roads identified for calcium chloride base stabilization in 2016 have been completed. This year, a total of approximately 27 kilometers (17 miles) of Lethbridge County’s Market Access Network were slated for construction (20 km) or upgrades (7 km).
“This year is the beginning of a 35 year plan to gradually upgrade the Market Access Network to better serve County citizens and producers by providing a safe, reliable transportation system to get local product to market,” says Reeve Lorne Hickey.
The next phase of calcium chloride base stabilization is planned for summer 2017.
Calcium chloride base stabilization was chosen as the most economical option for Lethbridge County’s Market Access Network following a test road study completed in 2014 – 2015 of a 7 kilometer (4.5 mile) section on Range Road 20-3. This method of stabilization provides a smooth surface with minimal dust and gravel loss. It also increases the load bearing capacity of the roadways which are then less susceptible to failures and minimizes annual maintenance costs. Due to the success of this project, the County was awarded the 2015 Minister's Award of Excellence for Design Innovation from the Government of Alberta.