CANAMEX Trade Corridor
The CANAMEX Trade Corridor includes approximately 1,150 km of Alberta’s provincial highway network, including parts of Highways 4, 3, 2, 216, 16, and 43, linking the Coutts, Alberta/Sweetgrass, Montana border crossing to the Alberta British Columbia border on Highway 43. This portion of the provincial highway network is also referred to as the North-South Trade Corridor.
The goals of the CANAMEX Trade Corridor are to:
- Improve access for the north-south flow of goods, people and information;
- Increase transport productivity and reduce transport costs;
- Promote a seamless and efficient intermodal transport system; and
- Reduce administration and enforcement costs through harmonized regulations.
The value of Alberta’s international merchandise trade that follows the CANAMEX Trade Corridor has experienced significant growth. Alberta’s exports by road to the United States and Mexico through the Coutts, Alberta border crossing amounted to over $5.6 billion in 2012, up over 30% over the past decade.
In 2012, an estimated 150,000 trucks and 230,000 passenger vehicles crossed at the Canada/United States border at the Coutts, Alberta/Sweetgrass, Montana border crossing. Both truck and passenger vehicle traffic at this border crossing have grown an average of 3% annually over the past decade. Alberta has invested substantially more than $2 billion in this important north-south trade link to the rest of North America. Many projects have contributed to the overall efficiency of the CANAMEX/North-South Trade Corridor, some examples include:
- Enhanced services at the Coutts, Alberta/Sweetgrass, Montana border crossing, such as the Single Joint Use Vehicle Inspection Station operated by Alberta and Montana to improve operations and efficiency;
- The completion of the Milk River bypass along Highway 4;
- The completion of the southwest quadrant of the Edmonton Ring Road and interchanges to allow free flow traffic;
- Twinning along over 90% of the Corridor from the Coutts, Alberta border crossing to Grande Prairie. Work to twin the final section of Highway 43 east of Grande Prairie is underway and is expected to open to traffic in 2014
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