2018 was quite the year for projects in Yellowhead County.
The Rosevear Bridge construction over the McLeod River is almost finished after a few years of work, and the Tom Hill Tower Road paving project was completed, with just one section of Long Lake Road left to go.
The County saw the opening of a new fire station in Wildwood, a new firefighting cadet program for high school students, and continuing to film the second season of Hellfire Heroes to shine a light on the County firefighters.
One of the biggest highlights of the year was partnering with the Town of Edson to build a new multi-use facility.
Yellowhead Mayor Gerald Soroka on the multi-use facility project.
The year was not met without its challenges though. A lot of rainy weather affected farming, forcing the County to issue a state of agriculture disaster this year. Rain also delayed some road projects.
Soroka on other challenges faced this year, namely the economy.
When looking ahead to 2019, Soroka says construction on the new Cascade Power Project could get underway next year or in 2020. Cascade is an energy corporation that will see two 450 megawatt power plants built to power using natural gas.
Soroka says another project they’re looking forward to in 2019 is the Bighorn Trail Partnership between the County, the Town of Hinton, West Fraser Forestry Products, and a few other companies. It will be a new hiking trail system south of Hinton to help with eco-tourism.
The last upcoming project on the list for 2019 Soroka says is looking at starting the construction of the Community Hall in Brule.