The Alberta government is committing $2 billion to improve a number of highways and roads this year in north-central Alberta and Fort McMurray.
The province is investing in maintenance to highways, bridges, pothole repairs, and other safety measures, which will create 775 direct and indirect jobs.
The funding is part of the accelerated capital maintenance and renewal totalling $2 billion that the government announced on April 9th to get Alberta back to work.
Minister of Transportation, Ric McIver says, “Fort McMurray and north-central Alberta have been hard hit in recent years with natural disasters and the oil price collapse. These road and bridge projects will provide hundreds of jobs for Albertans, keep companies moving, and provide more value for taxpayers. We are taking action to fix our infrastructure now to get Albertans back to work.”
Dozens of projects will be underway in the next few months, including local projects:
• Repaving 18 kilometres of Highway 16, on either side of Highway 947.
• Repaving 13 kilometres of Highway 16, between Highways 32 and 751.
• Culvert replacement on Highway 16 near Wildwood.
• Culvert replacement on Highway 647.
• Preventive maintenance work to extend the lifespan along Highway 40.
Other projects around the province include:
• Repaving 35 kilometres of Highway 2, between Highways 13 and 39.
• Repaving 17 kilometres of Highway 63, between north of Mariana Lake to south of Sand Tiger Lodge.
• Hangingstone Bridge Replacement on Highway 63.
• Repaving eight kilometres of Highway 2, on either side of Highway 616.
• Preventative maintenance work to extend the lifespan of Highway 19.
• Culvert replacement on Highway 39 near Warburg.
Additionally, $60 million is available for province-wide pothole repair and safety measures.