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.
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.
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:
- Phase I of Parsons Creek interchange – public access by end of 2015 and completion in 2016.
- Two Wandering River bridges - fall 2014 completion.
- 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:
- Confederation Way and Thickwood Boulevard interchanges are completed fall of 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.