Highway 63 construction increasing this summer and on schedule, says McIver

Construction for twinning Highway 63 by 2016 is on schedule, according to transportation minister Ric McIver, and twinning this summer will focus on tree clearing, grading, bridge construction, paving and utility moves.

“The scheduling is overall great,” said McIver during a Friday morning visit to Fort McMurray. “Skeptics are always there but I think some of the skeptics are coming around. The only thing that will make skeptics come around to believing we’re going to do it is showing them the evidence themselves.”

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Roadwork scaled back for both highways leading north to Fort McMurray

New passing lanes and other improvements for Highway 881 were postponed in the provincial budget and improvements on nearby Highway 63 have been scaled back.

Thursday’s budget still contains a commitment to finish twinning Highway 63 between Edmonton and Fort McMurray by the fall of 2016, but about $228-million worth of other improvements are off the table.

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Open house identifies long term plans for Hwy 22

A third open house to discuss future upgrades of Highway 22 between Highway 8 and the Cochrane south boundary, including the interchange on Highway 1, was held at the Springbank Heritage Club, Jan. 31.

“There has been significant growth on Highway 22,” explained Chris Delanoy, with ISL Engineering, the group hired to conduct the study and gather feedback from the public for Alberta Transportation (AT).

“The need to twin will be required,” he added.

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Highway 63 twinning still priority despite budget shortfall: Allen

Even with “tough choices” facing Alberta’s budget and financial forecast, Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo MLA Mike Allen is still expecting the province to complete the twinning of Highway 63 by 2016.

“I haven’t seen the budget yet and I can’t give you full disclosure or confirmation about what’s on it, but we’re funding Highway 63 and the timeline differently,” Allen told Today. “I personally believe it will continue on its path by fall 2016.”

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Final twinning of Highway 43 set to start next month

EDMONTON – The final stretch of twinned and divided highway to Grande Prairie is expected to be complete in 2014, the province announced Tuesday.

It signed a $78-million contract with Petrowest Construction LP to finish the final 20 kilometres of the 432-kilometre four-lane stretch of Highway 43 from Grande Prairie to the junction of Highway 16 west of Edmonton. Sturgeon Lake Council chose the construction company as part of a partnership with the government.

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Province announces tenders for Highway 63 projects

Hot on the trail of recently opening 36 km of newly twinned highway, the Government of Alberta is issuing tenders for two new Highway 63 grading projects to kick start the accelerated twinning.

Grading for the next section of twinning will take place in two zones; the first extends 15 km from north of Mariana Lake to north of Algar Tower and is expected to be complete by fall 2013, weather permitting.

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Study examines Hwy. 15 twinning

An update on the functional planning study being conducted on the twinning needs for a section of Highway 15 was presented to Strathcona County council its last meeting in October.

The functional planning study evaluates the twinning needs of the section of the highway from Fort Saskatchewan at Range Road 220 to Highway 830 north, or Range Road 210, approximately 11 kilometres of roadway.

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