Spirit Ridge Road Grand Opening Sept 13

Spirit Ridge Road Grand Opening Sept 13
Posted on 09/05/2017

Saddle Hills County, together with Tourmaline Oil Corp., Velocity Group - Surveying & Engineering, and Petrowest Corporation will celebrate the grand opening of Spirit Ridge Road on Wednesday, September 13.

The new road was a joint venture between Tourmaline Oil Corp. and Saddle Hills County.

​Photo: Spirit Ridge Road seen during construction in 2016.

It will facilitate transportation between Highway 49 and Twp. Rd. 771 in Northmark. The road joins up to Twp. Rd. 774 at its intersection with Rge. Rd. 72.

The road has been highlighted at provincial conferences and has attracted the attention of the Alberta Government and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers when it was first announced.

At the November 15, 2015 Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties (AAMDC) convention in Edmonton, 
Saddle Hills County was chosen to participate in the panel discussion because of its unique style of relationship-building with industry.

Saddle Hills County has some 9,000 kilometers of pipelines supporting over 4,000 wells. More than 100 oil and gas companies operate within County boundaries.

That has lead to strong, mutually-beneficial relationships between the County and the energy companies.


The relationship between the County and industry is not a regulatory relationship but a collaborative one. Through road maintenance agreements whereby, local taxpayers and the companies which make use of the roads share the maintenance costs and, in some cases, the constructions costs of new roads, industry and the municipality are sharing an investment in a joint future.

The first phase of the project began on March 18, 2016 and the road will be officially open to traffic on Wednesday, September 13.

After an official ceremony near the south end of the road ( 4 km north of Northmark Rd.) at 10:00 am, there will be an Open House at the Westmark Hall from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm to which the public is invited.

Open House