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Workplace Fatality County discussed fate of Wolf Creek Road bridge

by Dana McArthur
near Edson C o u n t y C o u n c i l ' s
During Yellowhead
Governance and Priorities
by Adrienne Tait meeting held December 19
Director of Infrastructure
Edson RCMP were dispatched to a Don O'Quinn updated
workplace fatality on December 18, council on state of the
2017 at approximately 6:30 p.m. on bridge located just east of
Range Road 192, north of Highway 16. Edson on TR 533A (Wolf
A 51 year old male log truck driver Creek Road) over the
from Hinton was outside of his truck McLeod River.
T h e l a r g e b r i d g e
operating equipment when the incident constructed between 1952
occurred. and 1954 served as the
Alberta Occupational Health and main highway crossing
Safety are investigating the incident. over the McLeod River
Alberta Labour representative Trent before the twinning of Concept drawing indicating the possible new routes for the bridge over the
Bancarz said, “It appears the driver Highway 16. The bridge is McLeod River on RR 192, Wolf Creek Rd.
was loading the logging truck with a now reaching its useful life required in the future. The Quinn replied, "It's going Highway 16 a freeway
boom. We suspect either the pics w i t h a p r o j e c t e d final report recommended to gradually deteriorate then direct access roads to
holding the logs or the boom itself replacement date of 2025. that the bridge is a vital until it needs that $3 to $5 the highway would be
"Over the years the
came loose. The logs struck the b r i d g e h a s h a d component of the County's million repair again, and it restricted, possibly
worker and caused a fatal injury.” maintenance work done on roadway system and becomes how much do you requiring overpasses or
Bancarz said there have been a few it. The most recent should remain. The study sink into an older bridge. removal.
unfortunate incidents in the past few maintenance work was i n c l u d e d p o s s i b l e Keep in mind this was the Councillor Shawn Berry
days including another fatality. done in 2009 at a cost of l o c a t i o n s a n d c o s t old highway bridge and it's added, "There is a lot of
As of September 30, the latest approximately $3.5 estimates of $24.2 million had a lot of previous wear." newer development in that
available statistics, there have been 22 million," explained Quinn. for replacement. Councillor Wade P. area since then and it
"Typically, to construct Williams asked why spend would likely be a lot more
workplace fatalities in 2017. "At that time it was this size of a bridge it takes the money, "when there is a than $15 million now to
Edson RCMP requests that anyone projected that with regular at least two years for the bridge three kilometres b u i l d a r o a d . M y
with information regarding this m a i n t e n a n c e t h e design process and another a w a y, " s u g g e s t i n g c o n s t i t u e n t s h a v e
incident to contact them at 780-723- remaining life of the two years for the actual circumventing the old expressed to me they want
8822. Should you wish to remain bridge would 15 to 20 construction. The time bridge by putting in a road to have the bridge there."
years."
anonymous, you can contact Crime Prior to undertaking the frame to start moving this to Highway 16. Mayor Council will decided
Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 $3.5 million maintenance project forward is quickly Soroka responded, "To put whether to start the process
(TIPS), by internet at work the County engaged approaching," stated in a road on that side would of moving the project
www.tipsubmit.com, or by SMS S TA N T E C t o d o a Quinn. be a $15 million project so forward by creating a JERRY FORD
(check your local Crime Stoppers functional planning Mayor Gerald Soroka you are not saving big reserve to fund for
www.crimestoppers.ab.ca for overview of the County's asked what the potential money by doing that." planning and work, at a
If provincial plans move future date.
life span of the bridge is
instructions). road network to determine with some added repairs. ahead with designating
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