Roads play a crucial role in our lives. The personal convenience, economic prosperity and social benefits enabled by roads is an essential foundation for a well functioning and modern society.
Public funding for roads has faced serious challenges in recent decades, governments have struggled to satisfy increasing demands with limited resources. Over the last 16 years the percentage of Alberta’s highways in poor condition has increased 44%.
Provincial investment in the maintenance and rehabilitation of our road infrastructure is declining when it is desperately needed. Unfortunately, at a time when we should be investing in our roads the province has reduced its commitment to planned road and bridge maintenance and renewal by 29%. The continued degradation of our road network will ultimately put pressure on future capital budgets to address these short-sighted decisions.
We need a change in the philology regarding the management of our transportation system – a consensus appears to be forming that disruptive change is necessary.