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Hwy. 595 to receive upgrades to accommodate heavier loads

DELBURNE, Alta. -- Alberta is upgrading Hwy. 595 so it can accommodate heavier loads. About 21 per cent of the traf...


DELBURNE, Alta. — Alberta is upgrading Hwy. 595 so it can accommodate heavier loads. About 21 per cent of the traffic the road sees is truck traffic.

The highway runs east and west through Central Alberta. A 12-kilometre stretch between Range Road 250 and Hwy. 21 southeast of Red Deer is slated to be rebuilt, the province says.

The road will be wider and will feature gentler curves, better sightlines and improved intersections.

“It all adds up to improved safety,” said Dr. Lyle Oberg, Minister of Alberta Infrastructure and Transportation. “We’re essentially re-building this section of highway from scratch.”

The project is expected to cost $11 million and preliminary work could get underway this fall. The project should be wrapped up by October, 2006, the province says. About 1,600 vehicles travel the stretch of highway each day.


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