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Push for highway twinning moves forward

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. -- Ongoing safety concerns along Highway 63, in northeastern Alberta, has created a unified pu...


FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. — Ongoing safety concerns along Highway 63, in northeastern Alberta, has created a unified push towards twinning the two-lane highway among local officials and politicians.

As one of the main travel routes between Edmonton and Fort McMurray, Highway 63 has seen an increase in traffic over the years with the increase in oilsands projects in the Wood Buffalo Region.

Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo MLA Guy Boutiler is scheduled to meet with Alberta Transport Minister, Lyle Oberg and two local doctors on Jan. 26 to discuss funding for the proposed twinning.

In the meantime local politicians also proposed a number of interim safety measures to be adopted which include removing trailers from the shoulders of the highway, increasing logging visibility, putting in centre line reflector strips, increasing safety standards for police officers pulled over on the shoulder and implementing driver education programs.


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