Kneehill County contract crews have finished the extraction of gravel resources from County-owned land located at NE-16-32-26 and SE-16-32-26.
While original estimates anticipated 1,600,000 tonnes of gravel available, an additional 600,000 tonnes of gravel resource was discovered at the site, for a total of 2,200,000 tonnes.
The project budget was increased at the January 12, 2021 Council Meeting to extract the additional pit-run, amending the original budget from $5.25 million to $6.5 million, with $650,000 funded through the Gravel Reserve and $600,000 through the Roads Reserve.
The extracted pit-run will provide Kneehill County a secure source of road crush gravel for the next 15 years (using 135000t/year), for an estimated total cost savings of $27,000,000 (twenty-seven million), or $1.8 million per year, compared to the cost of purchasing gravel from outside sources and then trucking it into the municipality.
The mountain of pit run has been stockpiled at NE 16, where it is currently being crushed to produce gravel for the roads, and other gravels to suit the municipality's needs.
The accepted bid for gravel crushing will allow the County to crush and stockpile approximately 238,000 tonnes of gravel, (88 000 more tonnes than estimated) in 2021 within budget ($700,000).
April 2021: Gravel crushing of extracted pit-run underway.
March 2020 Gravel Extraction Project Approved
November 2020 Gravel Extraction Begins
January 2021 Budget Amended to extract additional Gravel Resources
February 2021 Extraction Finished
March 2021 Tenders for Gravel Crushing accepted and awarded.