Twinning HWY3 and electric vehicle chargers were the driving topics discussed by Elk Valley and Alberta mayors this week.
The heads of municipal governments between Fernie and Pincher Creek held their annual inter-provincial meeting to share projects and achievements.
Fernie Mayor Mary Giuliano says their Albertan counterparts have been advocating their government to expand the highway from Medicine Hat west to the border.
Giuliano adds they want BC communities to begin planning to do the same, however she doesn’t know if that’s possible through the Elk Valley.
She says our region doesn’t have the same flat terrain, which would make it extremely difficult to twin – especially on a stretch like Fernie to Elko.
Sparwood Mayor Cal McDougall suggests there are bottlenecking concerns if four lanes from Alberta were to turn into two lands at the eastern entrance of BC.
No resolutions or concrete decisions come out of the meeting.
However, Giuliano says they are making progress on both sides of the border with promoting HWY3 as the “Electric Highway” and getting more e-vehicle charges installed.
Fernie, Cranbrook, already have the infrastructure in place and Giuliano believes Sparwood is installing a charger.
She explains when the mayor’s group met two years ago, they weren’t getting any support from the Province but they’re having positive consultation now.
Giuliano says the mayors plan to meet sometime next month to further discuss how they can continue to partner on developing the “Electric Highway”.
She insists electric vehicles are the way of the future adds filling the route with charging stations will attract visitors to all of the communities and results in a major economic boost for everyone.
– Fernie Mayor Mary Giuliano