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Extensive makeover planned for Alberta’s highways

EDMONTON, Alta. -- The Alberta government will invest a record $1.1 billion this year to build, repair, and maintai...


EDMONTON, Alta. — The Alberta government will invest a record $1.1 billion this year to build, repair, and maintain the province’s highway network.

The 2006-07 investment marks an increase of approximately $300 million or 37 per cent from last year. Major projects will include the ring roads in Calgary and Edmonton and Highway 63 in and around Fort McMurray.

“Some of the increase will cover cost escalation from previous commitments,” explained Ty Lund, Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation. “However, we’re also investing more in our highways to respond to the tremendous growth Alberta is experiencing and to support our province’s strong economy.”

Some of the focus of the project will include paving more than 1,000 kilometres, including 250 kilometres of new paved road; twinning 20 kilometres; repair and rehabilitation of 425 kilometres; and widening of 100 kilometres.

There are approximately 31,000 kilometres of provincial highways in Alberta, of which more than 26,000 kilometres are paved. There are approximately 3,800 bridge structures on the province’s highway network.


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