The County of Newell conducted a study on all 1500 Km’s of Gravel Roads in its boundaries in 2012. The Study assigned classifications to roadways:
- Arterial Roads are defined as the main thoroughfares outside of those of highways. Arterial roads have the highest traffic volumes on gravel surfaced roads and serve traffic traveling to and from Provincial and County paved highways, between communities, and are key in commodity transport to market.
- Collectors Roads are defined as the names suggest. These roads collect traffic and funnel it to arterial roads.
- Non-Key Local Roads are all gravel roads not identified as Arterial or Collector.
The study summarized a number of roads requiring reconstruction. Reconstruction will see roads brought up to County standards to accommodate the type of traffic for which the road is used, based on classification including accommodation of future use. Annually the reconstruction program proposed to Council for approval during the budget process.
If at any time individuals wanting to construct a new road on an undeveloped road allowance within the County of Newell, coordination with the Municipal Services Department is mandatory. By contacting Municipal Services, the terms and conditions that will apply to the development of the road will be identified, including the process which must be followed during the construction phase.
The County of Newell Paving Plan was developed by County Council and Administration through review of a gravel road study completed by AMEC Earth and Environmental in 2001. The plan identified key gravel roads throughout the County that would be better served as paved connectors between hamlets, villages, and towns, as well as other paved surfaces.
Originally, the plan was set to take place over a ten (10) year period, however with the introduction of the County of Newell Water Project a portion of tax revenue previously dedicated from general revenues to paving was redirected to the water project.
|County of Newell Paving Priorities|
|HWY 1A||HWY 875||HWY 876||8.86|
|TWP RD 17-2 - Including HWY 1A to Tilley||HWY 1||HWY 876||13.1|
|North/South Truck Route||HWY 542||TR 18-4|
|RGE RD 15-5 South||HWY 1||TR 19-0A||7.76|
|East/West Truck Route||HWY 873||HWY 1A|
|RGE RD 17-5 (Lathom Road)||TR 20-2||HWY 1||4.83|
|TWP RD 20-2 (Lathom Road)||RR 17-3||RR 17-5||3.22|
|RGE RD 17-3 (Lathom Road)||TR 19-2||TR 20-2||9.66|
|TWP RD 19-2 (Lathom Road)||RR 17-1||RR 17-3||3.22|
|RGE RD 17-1 (Lathom Road)||TR 19-0A||TR 19-2||3.22|
|TWP RD 19-0 (Lathom Road)||RR 17-1||RR 17-1||1.21|
|RGE RD 17-1 (Lathom Road)||TR 18-4||TR 19-0||3.22|
|RGE RD 17-1 (Lathom Road)||SH 539||TR 18-4||9.66|
|TWP RD 18-4 (Antelope Creek Road)||RR 16-4||RR 17-1||4.83|