Hwy. 63 twinned for 17 km north of Fort McMurray

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FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. — Truckers travelling on Hwy. 63 north of Fort McMurray will now have 17 kilometres of newly divided highway to drive on.

“The newly twinned section of Hwy. 63 north of Fort McMurray will improve traffic safety for motorists, and reduce congestion on the roadway,” said Minister of Transportation Luke Ouellette.

“We also recognize that efficient and upgraded access to the oil sands area, is vital to Alberta’s prosperity.”

According to the Ministry, northbound traffic will now be diverted to the new lanes; the southbound lane will continue on the existing alignment; and repaving and repainting work will be completed on the southbound lanes in the coming weeks.

More than 11,000 vehicles use this section of Hwy. 63 on a daily basis, according to statistics provided by the Ministry.

In addition to twinning Hwy. 63 north of Fort McMurray, the province is completing 16 kilometres of Hwy. 63 twinning south of Fort McMurray between Hwys. 69 and 881 at a cost of $53 million. The twinning south of Fort McMurray is expected to open later this fall, weather permitting.

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