A new cost-share agreement between the Alberta government, the Municipal District of Greenview, and the County of Grande Prairie will see a section of Highway 40 be twinned.
The project will see 19 kilometres of Highway 40 twinned from Grande Prairie to just south of the Norbord Wood Panel Plant.
It will also include a second bridge across the Wapiti River and numerous improvements to bridge structures and intersections.
According to the Alberta government, traffic on this segment of Highway 40 has increased approximately 70 percent over the last five years, with approximately 10,000 vehicles traveling it every day.
The cost-sharing agreement means construction-related activities, such as relocation of utilities and land clearing, can now begin as early as summer 2020.
Minister of Transportation, Ric McIver, says, “Our focus in Transportation is on maintaining our existing highways instead of building new ones, but projects like twinning Highway 40 are important for economic development and job creation. We need to think creatively about how to fund projects like this if we want them to move forward quickly, and that’s exactly what we did. The MD of Greenview and County of Grande Prairie’s agreement to cost-share means that Highway 40 moves off the unfunded project list and into the capital plan, accelerating construction to start this year.”
The province does not release cost estimates on projects until a contract has been awarded, but the government did say a project of this nature typically costs between $100 million and $120 million.