This release was issued under a previous government.

As the transition occurs, there will be reduced speed limits in the area and there may be additional temporary traffic stoppages as shoulder line painting occurs. Flag people, RCMP officers and provincial Sheriffs will be present to assist with the transition. Traffic is expected to be flowing freely by mid-to-late-afternoon.

By bringing in specialized infrared heating equipment, Alberta Transportation was able to do line painting during inclement weather. The opening of the 36 kilometres was achieved more than eight months ahead of schedule and is part of the Government of Alberta’s commitment to a fully-twinned Highway 63 from Highway 55 to Fort McMurray by the fall of 2016.

Following the opening on Nov. 5, there may be some continued construction in the area over the coming weeks as the contractor puts the finishing touches on the new highway.

Motorists are reminded to drive with caution in construction zones and obey all signs, flag people and posted speed limits. Fines for speeding are double when workers are present.

Visit for more information on Highway 63.  Construction updates are available via Twitter through @ABTransComm or @AMARoadReports  or and using the hashtag #safe63.

Media inquiries may be directed to:
Jeanna Friedley
Alberta Transportation
587-990-5471 (cell)

To call toll free within Alberta dial 310-0000.