ALTA. BUDGET OFFERS BOOST FOR HIGHWAYS

EDMONTON, Alta. — The Alberta budget was handed down yesterday, and it suggests that the province’s highways will benefit from the largest spending spree in the province’s history.

A total of $21 billion will be spent over the next year, $3.2 billion of which is earmarked for one-time programs including highway construction.

Although most highway projects weren’t specified, Anthony Henday Drive in Edmonton will be extended, as a result of the spending spree.

Overall spending is up 24 per cent from last year, but the province is warning that gas revenue could soon tumble, and the debt may take longer than expected to pay off.

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