Significant improvements made to many Alberta highways this year

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EDMONTON, Alta. — Another Alberta construction season draws to a close resulting in improvements to 1107 kilometres of provincial highway with 365 kilometres receiving chip seal coating.

“Alberta has a short construction season and there is a lot of work to accomplish in a short time," said Ed Stelmach, Minister of Transportation. "Although construction resulted in some delays for motorists, the work was necessary to improve, expand, and protect Alberta’s highway network."

Some construction highlights included the opening of the new King Street interchange in Fort McMurray and 35 kilometres of Highway 43 being twinned and open to traffic.

Work also continued on the Anthony Henday Drive extension with significant headway made on three main water crossings. Bridge construction will also continue throughout the winter. In Calgary, the Deerfoot Trail extension is also nearing completion and will be open to traffic by the end of November.

Construction also got underway on a number of significant interchange projects on provincial highways near Innisfail, Medicine Hat, and Spruce Grove. Interchanges enhance the safety of the highway network and are known to reduce collisions by up to 45 per cent.

For the 2003-04 fiscal year, Alberta Transportation will spend $628 million constructing, rehabilitating and maintaining the province’s highway network.

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