Highway 63

The Government of Alberta remains committed to upgrading Highway 63 for the safety of motorists, and to improve traffic flow within Fort McMurray. The twinning of Highway 63 between Grassland and Fort McMurray by fall 2016 remains on track and on time as part of our Building Alberta Plan which invests in families and communities, and improves market access.

This is about investing in a region that makes a tremendous contribution to the province’s economy, and making a difference in the daily lives and commutes of the many people who work and live here.

Budget 2014

A $423 million investment in Budget 2014 more than doubles last year’s investment as construction crews get ready for the next stage of work.

In addition between late 2013 and early 2014, $250 million in Highway 63 twinning contracts were awarded.

By summer 2014 all twinning contracts will be awarded, keeping us on track with our commitment to twin 240 kilometres of Highway 63 fall 2016.

More than 20 per cent of the 240 kilometre twinning is complete and already open to the public. More than 60 per cent of the project is currently under various stages of construction. Albertans can look forward to future milestones:

  • By fall of 2015, 70 per cent of our twinning commitment is expected to be complete; and
  • The remaining 30 per cent will be completed by fall 2016.

Projects currently under construction:

  • Phase I of Parsons Creek interchange – public access by end of 2015 and completion in 2016.
  • 27 km of twinning grading near Wandering River – spring 2014 completion.
  • 17 km of twinning grading from North of Algar Tower to South of Horse Creek - summer 2014 completion.
  • 15 km of twinning grading from North of Mariana Lake to North of Algar Tower – summer 2014 completion.
  • Three Wandering River bridges - summer 2014 completion.
  • La Biche River Bridge 14 km north of Atmore – fall 2014 completion.
  • 38 km of twinning (grading/paving/bridges) from South of Horse Creek to North of Hangingstone River – summer 2015 completion.
  • 32 km of twinning base and paving from North of Algar Tower to South of Horse Creek – fall 2015 completion.
  • 17 km of twinning base and paving work south of Lac La Biche River to south of Wandering River – fall 2015 completion.
  • 27 km of base and pave near Wandering River – 2015 completion.
  • 13 km of grading near Hangingstone River – 2016 completion.

Highway 63 twinning projects expected to be awarded soon:

  • 26 km of grade/base/pave from south of Marianna Lake to north of Marianna Lake - summer 2016 completion.
  • 13 km of grade/base/pave work north of Grasslands – fall 2016 completion.

Construction projects in Fort McMurray include:

  • Confederation Way and Thickwood Boulevard interchanges are open with temporary ramps. Construction continues and minor remaining work will be complete by summer 2014.
  • Work also continues to provide access for the Parsons Creek Development with public access to be provided in 2015.
  • Construction on Steinhauer, Grant MacEwan Bridges, and Franklin tunnel to provide ten lanes of Highway 63 over the Athabasca River was completed fall 2013.
  • The communities and industries in Wood Buffalo are growing rapidly. To support this development, Alberta Transportation has invested more than $1.4 billion since 2005 to provide critical infrastructure in Fort McMurray and the Athabasca oil sands region.
  • The two largest conventional-delivery contracts ever awarded by Alberta Transportation are located in the Fort McMurray Region: $150 million to build Phase 1 of the Parsons Creek interchange and $147 million to twin 32 kilometres of Highway 63 near House River.

Travellers Advisories

Fast pace on Highway 63 twinning continues - April 11, 2014