While the arrival of winter will make areas of ongoing roadwork less obvious, Mountain View County Operational Services wants to bring awareness to these locations for the travelling public.
There are three locations in the County where the road surface has been removed for short stretches to allow for base repair and to allow traffic to repack the road before resurfacing.
These areas include:
- Twp Rd 302 between RR 15 and RR 20 near Carstairs
- RR 53 (Fallen Timber Trail) between Twp Rd 312 and Twp Rd 314
- Twp Rd 320 (Bergen Road) between RR 21 and RR 22, two miles west of the Olds-Didsbury Airport
The program, dubbed “rip and chip”, is a process of repairing the road base in areas identified during an inspection process, by removing the chipped surface, firming up the base, and then allowing it to settle before rechipping the surface the following year.
These roads are identified during the summer work program and prioritized based on need. The following spring, the roads are re-evaluated to see if any movement has occurred. If the base has settled as expected the areas will be rechipped as part of the summer rechipping program.
Operational Services wants the travelling public made aware of these areas to promote speed reduction when driving on these stretches of roadway while they remain open. The roads are in good driving shape but to prevent degradation of the base-work and for safety, motorists are asked to travel the posted speeds in these areas.
Most of the areas left open are less than one mile stretches, and are being monitored by the County’s Operational Services Department throughout the winter.
The County thanks you for your cooperation and anyone with questions regarding this program can contact Operational Services at 403-335-3311.