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Northern Alberta highways to get major upgrades

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. - Alberta has announced some major spending plans for highways leading to the province's oil patch....


FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – Alberta has announced some major spending plans for highways leading to the province’s oil patch.

The province recently announced it will spend $530 million on highways in the Northeastern part of the province over the next 10 years.

“This $530-million commitment supports the phenomenal growth we’re seeing in Wood Buffalo, and greatly improves the movement of goods, equipment and people to and within this vital region,” said Premier Ralph Klein. “These highway improvements are part of our long-term commitment that reflects the economic importance of this region.”

At the Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA) management conference, Infrastructure and Transport Minister Dr. Lyle Oberg told delegates that between $1 and $1.5 billion is needed to bring the Fort McMurray region up to speed.

The recent announcement involves projects that will get underway this year.

About $41 million will be spent this year on projects on Hwy. 63 in and around Fort McMurray and Hwy. 881 between Lac La Biche and Anzac.

“These highway improvements are needed to support rapid economic activity and are in line with what industry has said is needed,” said Oberg.


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