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New look Hwy. 40 on the horizon in Alberta

COCHRANE, Alta. -- A functional study on Alberta's Hwy. 40 has been completed, which will see the route substantial...

COCHRANE, Alta. — A functional study on Alberta’s Hwy. 40 has been completed, which will see the route substantially upgraded between Hwy. 1A and Hwy. 579.

The route is experiencing increased traffic volumes, especially with trucks servicing the oil and gas and logging industries.

“Highway 40 is an important transportation corridor which serves the expanding oil and gas, logging and tourism industries,” said Transportation Minister Ed Stelmach. “Determining the ultimate route for this highway helps address future growth and transportation needs.”

The recent study examined: the condition of the roadway; projected traffic volumes; costs; environmental impacts; and the social impacts of upgrading the route. The study recommends that the new alignment of Hwy. 40 follow the majority of the existing route. However, it suggested bringing the highway up to current standards, meaning it should be wider, sharp curves will be reduced and wider shoulders should be added, among other improvements.

Also, the existing single-lane bridge in Waiparous will be replaced with a two-lane bridge. The province will now begin acquiring right-of-ways and begin designing the roadway. Construction is not expected to take place for another six to 10 years.

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