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Alberta to fast-track Hwy. 55 upgrades

COLD LAKE, Alta. -- Alberta Infrastructure and Transportation is moving ahead on plans to upgrade Hwy. 55 in Cold L...


COLD LAKE, Alta. — Alberta Infrastructure and Transportation is moving ahead on plans to upgrade Hwy. 55 in Cold Lake, Alta.

The project involves widening the highway and overlaying the pavement for 18 kilometres between Hwy. 41 at La Corey to its junction with Hwy. 892 west of Cold Lake.

“I’m very pleased to be able to move this important project forward,” said Dr. Lyle Oberg, Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation. “Alberta’s strong fiscal position allows extra funding to be allocated to the highway construction program."

The highway wasn’t scheduled to receive the upgrades so soon, but with the government’s surplus it has decided to move ahead with the project. It’s expected to be started in spring of 2006 with work completed by that fall.

“My constituents are very pleased to see this project go ahead,” said Denis Ducharme, MLA for Bonnyville-Cold Lake. “The widened highway better accommodates the needs of the agricultural community and the growing amount of heavy truck and industrial-based traffic using the road.”


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