As part of their commitment to invest in more infrastructure projects, the Alberta government has announced that they will be widening a portion of Highway 40 to improve safety.
Work will be done to widen a 36 kilometre stretch of Highway 40 between Hinton and Grande Cache. The widening will be done between Wildhay River and Pinto Creek, and north and south of the Berland River.
The $50-million project will support about 256 jobs and address traffic safety issues associated with narrow segments along the busy corridor by increasing lane and shoulder widths. The highway will be expanded from a width of 8 metres to 12 metres and will include culvert extensions.
“Yellowhead County and the Municipal District of Greenview are growing destinations for tourism and recreation, as well as expanding natural gas developments and increasing forestry activity. Improving Highway 40 will give Albertans better access to explore the Rocky Mountains and will create jobs and economic development in our important natural resource industries. This project is part of our government’s recovery plan to create jobs, build infrastructure to spur economic growth, and continue to diversify our economy,” says Minister of Transportation, Ric McIver.
The government says Highway 40 is an important corridor for accessing tourism and recreation opportunities, transporting services to communities north of the Yellowhead Highway, and supporting the growing natural gas and forestry industries in the area.
MLA for West Yellowhead, Martin Long echoes that statement. “In West Yellowhead, we love the Rockies and want people to be able to live here safely, as well as work and visit. These needed infrastructure improvements south of Grande Cache will help give industry, residents and visitors peace of mind while exploring one of the most scenic places in our great province.”
This stretch of Highway 40 sees about 1,240 vehicles per day.
Construction could start as early as 2021 and will take about two years to complete.