For the time being, Carillion will continue to serve the area with highway maintenance, plowing and sanding roads.
There was some doubt cast upon this on Monday when the UK based parent company Carillion PLC went into receivership. However, the Government of Alberta has been in contact with the Canadian company and Carillion Canada will continue to honour its maintenance contracts.
“Carillion operates as an independent company in Canada with a three-member board of directors. Alberta Transportation is in touch with Carillion Canada and monitoring the situation closely as its parent company in the United Kingdom goes into receivership. It is our understanding that Carillion’s business in Alberta will continue as usual unless we hear otherwise,” reads a statement provided by Alberta Transportation.
Spokesperson for Alberta transportation, Wayne Wood, says Carillion has three encompassing contracts in Alberta. This includes the local contract for three maintenance areas. This area encompasses approximately from Highway 21, east to the Saskatchewan border. It includes areas slightly north of Stettler and Provost and south to roughly the Red Deer River.
Carillion won the local contract in 2012, and it was the first 10-year contract signed by the province for maintenance. The previous contractor was Ledcor.
Drumheller CAO Darryl Drohomerski is aware of the change. Carillion maintains all of the entries into the Town of Drumheller as well as provides maintenance to about 60 kilometres of highway in the community.
Wood says that Alberta Transportation is talking to other highway maintenance contractors in the province to have a contingency plan in place in case circumstances change.
“Highway maintenance will continue in all regions of the province and driver safety will not be impacted. Drivers can be assured of a continued high standard of highway maintenance in Alberta. “