Alberta announces funding for provincial highways

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EDMONTON, Alta. — Alberta has announced it will invest more than $2 billion in its provincial highway network over the next three years.

Transportation Minister Ed Stelmach tabled a three-year program outlining construction and rehabilitation projects in the provincial Legislature last week.

“Alberta’s commitment to a safe and efficient provincial highway network is demonstrated in the three- year program,” said Stelmach. “A significant portion of the program is dedicated to completing the North-South Trade Corridor and enhancing highways in rural areas.”

There are 126 projects included in the program. They include: Completion of twinning Hwy. 11 west of Red Deer; continued paving of Hwy. 881; twinning of Hwy. 21 south of Hwy. 16 to Hwy. 628; improvements to Hwy. 22 north of Cochrane; paving of Hwy. 88 from Bear River to Fort Vermilion.

Also, Calgary’s Deerfoot Trail will receive $220 million in upgrades while Edmonton’s Anthony Henday south-west extension linking Hwy. 2 to Hwy. 16 will get a $128 million facelift.

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