No worries on highway maintenance, says Alberta Transportation

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

The highway maintenance contractor should not be affected by the reported bankruptcy of its parent company, says Alberta Transportation. But just in case…
“Alberta Transportation is working on contingency plans…” said department spokesperson John Archer, in an email to The Leader last week.
Either way, Archer continued, “Drivers can be assured of a continued high standard of highway maintenance in Alberta.”
‘Carillion’s collapse leaves Canadian road, hospital, military contracts in question’ said a headline in a CBC News story on Jan. 15. The story went on to talk about how the U.K.-based company is involved in all sorts of things that sound profitable enough, but it is bleeding and has declared itself unable to manage. It is in construction, maintenance and management – of things like prisons, military housing and schools. In Ontario and Alberta it is big in highway maintenance and it is unlikely to be losing money on those contracts.
“Alberta Transportation is in touch with Carilion Canada and is monitoring the situation closely as its parent company in the United Kingdom goes into receivership” said Archer. “It is our understanding that Carillion’s business in Alberta will continue as usual unless we hear otherwise.”

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