Heavy rains delay roadwork

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GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alta. — Heavy rainfall through July has slowed the twinning of the well-traveled Hwy. 43, but Alberta Transportation says work will get back on track this week.

The heavy rain has caused mud to build up and heavy equipment was unable to move for several days.

“There’s no doubt the rain is causing some delay,” Alberta Transportation regional director John Engleder tells local media.

Workers have also been forced to hold of fixing the Smoky River Bridge, as the heavy rains caused the river to flood out the work site. Engleder says workers must wait for water levels to drop before they can continue on that project.

The project designer is currently looking at some design changes that will still enable the company to finish the project this year.

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