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New road to link Northern Saskatchewan to Alberta oilsands

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. -- Alberta and Saskatchewan are celebrating their centennial together by building a road linki...


FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. — Alberta and Saskatchewan are celebrating their centennial together by building a road linking La Loche, Sask. and the Alberta oilsands.

The $45 million all-weather road is being dubbed a "centennial project" by the two provinces, and both of their economies stand to benefit.

“The La Loche Road will give employers in the Athabasca oilsands access to a valuable new resource – the labour pool in Northern Saskatchewan,” said Alberta Premier, Ralph Klein. “In return, skilled workers in northern Saskatchewan will have lucrative new employment opportunities.”

“Transportation is the key to realizing the vast potential of both the people and resources of northern Saskatchewan,” added Lorne Calvert, Premier of Saskatchewan. “In this the centennial year for both Saskatchewan and Alberta, the time is right for our northern residents to take their rightful place in the economic and social mainstream of the province.”

Work on the new road will begin in 2006 but it will take three years to complete, the provinces say.


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