More than $19M in federal funding allocated for regional infrastructure projects

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Seventeen projects in the Edmonton region will share $19.7 million in federal funding for infrastructure as part of the Investing in Canada Plan.

The projects, announced last week, are part of more than $73 million in funding for 61 infrastructure projects in Alberta aimed at creating and maintaining active transportation infrastructure as well as repairing and upgrading recreation centres, municipal buildings, and health-care facilities.

Six allocations were for Strathcona County projects, including $3.2 million to replace flooring at Millennium Place, and $1.4 million each for bus safety improvements and new trail connections.

Seven allocations were listed for St. Albert, including $2.5 million for the design and construction of a community park on the Kingswood Park site and $2.3 million for refurbishment of the track surface and field amenities at the Fowler Athletic Park facility.

Millennium Place in Strathcona County New federal funding earmarks $3.2 million to replace Millennium Place's main floor. (Courtesy of Strathcona County)

Fort Saskatchewan, Leduc, and Spruce Grove will get a share of the funds, too.

"These projects across Alberta will improve and modernize a large number of municipal, health, and recreational facilities, making them more sustainable in the long run and also bringing benefits to many people in the community," Liberal MP Jim Carr, special representative for the prairies, said in a news release on behalf of Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna.

"Canada's infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country, and builds cleaner, more inclusive communities."

The announcement included $5.9 million for repairs to several health-care facilities, including the Stollery Children's Hospital in Edmonton, but no cost breakdown was listed.