Important dates

Application status: Open until November 30 for funding in the following year
Ministry responsible: Alberta Transportation

Overview

The Local Road Bridge (LRB) Program is one of 4 funding streams of the Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program. It provides funding to municipalities for local bridge projects, including engineering, maintenance, rehabilitation and replacement.

Funding

Funding is determined each budget cycle. Private sector contractors and suppliers must be used to carry out all work.

Funding for approved projects is cost-shared:

  • 75% provincial contribution for eligible costs
  • 25% municipal contribution for eligible costs

Eligible applicants can also apply for federal funding to support local transportation infrastructure projects through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program – Rural and Northern Communities stream.

Eligibility

Proposed projects are reviewed to ensure they meet program criteria. Projects are then rated on a province-wide, competitive basis and evaluated on:

  • basic need
  • safety
  • functionality
  • impacts on the overall transportation network
  • the current condition of the infrastructure
  • total traffic volumes
  • truck traffic volumes
  • cost effectiveness and efficiency
  • collaboration or partnership with industry or other municipalities or Métis Settlements
  • economic, social, environmental or innovation benefits
  • use of alternate sources to fund the project (federal or private investment)

Eligible applicants

The following are eligible to apply:

  • towns
  • villages
  • summer villages
  • counties
  • specialized municipalities outside the defined urban service area
  • municipal districts
  • the special areas
  • Métis Settlements

Ineligible entities

The following are not eligible to apply:

  • cities
  • private organizations
  • non-government agencies
  • charitable societies
  • non-government operating authorities

Eligible projects

The following projects are eligible for this grant:

  • activities to improve existing bridges and bridge-size culverts, including engineering, maintenance, rehabilitation and replacement
  • roads must be open to all publicly-licensed vehicles and not subject to municipal general user fees

Projects are evaluated on:

  • condition
  • functionality
  • risk of failure
  • risk of delay
  • local impact (including length of detour)
  • local priority

The cost of the infrastructure is compared to the benefits of the project.

Projects with other funding sources, such as federal or private industry contributions, are scored higher than those with municipal funding only.

Ineligible projects

The following projects are not eligible for this grant:

Ineligible costs

This grant will not cover the following costs:

  • administrative activities
  • construction equipment
  • GST
  • financing expenses
  • legal fees or costs
  • right-of-ways or easements

How to apply

Step 1. Read the guidelines

Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program Guidelines

Step 2. Complete the application package

Include the following documents in your application package:

  • cover letter
  • basic Information
  • project benefits
  • project information

See guidelines for details on the document requirements.

For the Local Road Bridge Program, you must complete the Local Road Bridge Funding Request form (PDF, 309 KB).

Step 3. Submit the application package

Applications may be submitted:

Municipalities must advise their Alberta Transportation regional office of online submissions.

Find your region by checking the Municipalities, Locations and Corresponding Alberta Transportation Regions list (PDF, 608 KB)

After you apply

Applicants will be notified in writing about the status of their application.

Reporting

Municipalities must provide a final report which summarizes expenditures for all approved projects and includes:

  • final payment claim
  • copies of all invoices
  • construction completion certificate
  • photos of the completed project
  • the project’s return on investment, including measurement of the impact of the investment on regional economic growth, job creation numbers, improved safety and access, increased functionality of the facility, and other benefits

Grant recipients

Local Road Bridge Program grants to municipalities

Contact

For more information about the Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program, find your region by checking the Municipalities, Locations and Corresponding Alberta Transportation Regions list (PDF, 608 KB), then contact your local Alberta Transportation Regional Office:

Central Region

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 403-340-5166
Fax: 403-340-4810

Address:
Infrastructure Manager
4th Floor, Provincial Building
4920 51 Street
Red Deer, Alberta  T4N 6K8
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North Central Region

Hours: 8:15 am to 12:00 pm and 1 pm to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-674-4700
Fax: 780-674-8383

Address:
Infrastructure Manager
4513 62 Avenue
Barrhead, Alberta  T7N 1A5
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Peace Region

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-624-6280
Fax: 780-624-2440

Address:
Infrastructure Manager
1st Floor, Provincial Building 
9621 96 Avenue
Peace River, Alberta  T8S 1T4
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Southern Region

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 403-381-5426

Address:
Infrastructure Manager
3rd Floor, Administration Building
909 3 Avenue North
Lethbridge, Alberta  T1H 0H5
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