Leduc County administration brought forward a recommendation to pave a CN Rail crossing in New Sarepta for $45,000, during a recent Leduc County council meeting.
Centre Street was paved in 2017, but administration said that CN Rail would not allow them to upgrade the 30-metre section leading up to the railroad tracks. It has been “quickly deteriorating” over the past couple of years and they are planning to have it repaved this year.
According to county administration, they met with CN Rail to arrange plans for an upgrade to which they offered to supply workers but would not cover costs of the repaving.
During discussion, Coun. Kelly Vandenberghe contested the recommendation as the photographs did not show the same level of deterioration in comparison to other roads he had seen in the county.
Coun. Rick Smith said that the photographs did not capture the drastic elevation change in the road. He pointed out that over 10 school buses cross the tracks each day, commenting on the importance of residents’ safety.
When it was called to a vote, it passed with 6-1 councillors voting in favour. Coun. Vandenberghe was the lone vote against.
Coun. Vandenberghe said he would like the Public Works Committee to review the report evaluating the quality of railroad crossings in the county, one which was already sent to Transport Canada. He put forward a motion reflecting his comment and it passed unanimously when called to vote.