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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 investment 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.


We will invest $353 million in Highway 63 over the next three years. When work is complete in 2016, government will have invested $1.2 billion on the twinning project.

Premier Jim Prentice announced the final, $78-million Highway 63 twinning contract in early October 2014, keeping us on track and on budget 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 80 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:

  • 38 km of twinning (grading/paving/bridges) from South of Horse Creek to North of Hangingstone River – summer 2016 completion.
  • 32 km of twinning base and paving from North of Algar Tower to South of Horse Creek – fall 2015 completion.
  • 22 km of twinning base and paving work south of Lac La Biche River to south of Wandering River – summer 2015 completion.
  • 27 km of base and pave near Wandering River – fall 2015 completion.
  • 24 km of grade, base and pave from south of Marianna Lake to north of Marianna Lake - fall 2016 completion
  • 32 km of grade, base, pave and bridge from South of House River to South of Mariana Lake – fall 2015 completion
  • 13 km of grade/base/pave work north of Grasslands, the creation of three new wetlands areas and a median vehicle inspection station – fall 2016 completion.

Construction projects in Fort McMurray include:

  • Phase I of Parsons Creek interchange – public access by end of 2015 and completion in 2016.
  • Confederation Way and Thickwood Boulevard interchanges are completed fall of 2014.
  • 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. When we finish twinning 240 kilometres of Highway 63 between Grassland and Fort McMurray in 2016, Alberta Transportation will have invested more than $2 billion since 2005 in the twinning and other improvements to highways in the Wood Buffalo region.

In 2013, we awarded the three largest non-P3 transportation contracts ever for Alberta, worth more than $425 million.

  • $147 million to twin 32 kilometres of Highway 63 between House River and south of Mariana Lake, including three new bridges,
  • $150 million to build the first phase of the Parson’s Creek Highway 63 interchange, and
  • $130 million to twin 25 kilometres of Highway 63 from south of Horse Creek to north of Hangingstone River.

Travellers Advisories

Next stage in construction for final Thickwood Blvd - June 12, 2014

Highway 63 construction in full swing - June 3, 2014

Final construction for free flow Thickwood Boulevard - May 9, 2014

Road rehabilitation work on Highway 63 - May 5, 2014

One day lane closures on Thickwood Boulevard - April 30, 2014

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