The Town of Drumheller was the recipient of an Alberta Government grant to bolster a recovering economy coming out of COVID-19.
The provincial government announced it will be supporting 48 municipal road, bridge, and community airport projects, funded by the Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program (STIP). This includes repaving the Drumheller airport.
“It’s great to see Alberta’s government deliver on our promise to make strategic investments in rural communities across the province. Making improvements to vital infrastructure, like the airport runway overlay in Drumheller, will go a long way to attract new investment into the province, create more jobs, and drive Alberta’s economic recovery,” said Nate Horner Minister of Rural Economic Development and MLA for Drumheller-Stettler.
The government granted $1,130,250 to complete a runway overlay. The total project cost is $1,507,000
“STIP funding will support rural and smaller urban municipalities with local transportation infrastructure. Now more than ever, strong infrastructure is vital to attracting investment, and this funding will help ensure they have the roads and bridges they need to grow sustainably, while also creating much-needed jobs,’ said Rajan Sawhney, Minister of Transportation.
Mayor Heather Colberg is happy to see the project underway.
“We are so fortunate to be granted the funds to the paving upgrade, which is overdue,” said Colberg.
Over the last year, the airport has been rejuvenated becoming a gateway to the community.
“The amount of traffic we received in the valley and spinoff of that traffic, and the amount of people that are visiting and staying here, supporting our local businesses, and that is all because we are following our vision to being the cleanest, friendliest and most sought after community.”