FORT McMURRAY, Alta. — The federal government is pledging $150 million towards a $320 million project that will twin a 250-km portion of pavement along Hwy. 63.
The highway is the main thoroughfare between Alberta’s capital city and Fort McMurray. With the oilsands boom, increased traffic along the road has made Hwy. 63 one of Alberta’s more dangerous routes.
The remaining $170 million will be produced by the Alberta government. Upon the announcement, Federal Transport Minister Lawrence Cannon said he hoped the twinning would also help attract new businesses, expand existing ones, retain the region’s youth and encourage immigration.
— with files from the Canadian Press
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