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Major investment in Alberta highway projects will provide safer, more efficient travel across the province

Modern and efficient highways are crucial to encouraging and supporting economic activity, facilitating trade, and creating good-paying, middle-class jobs. 

Alberta road construction

Road construction in Alberta

The governments of Canada and Alberta are investing in well-planned infrastructure that will make it easier to move people and products across the country, while supporting sustained economic growth and productivity for years to come.

Amarjeet Sohi, federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Brian Mason, Alberta Minister of Infrastructure and Minister of Transportation, have announced funding for 10 bundled highway rehabilitation and improvement projects in Alberta, totalling 96 subcomponent construction projects across the province.

The federal government is providing funding for up to 50 per cent of eligible costs for these projects — nearly $255 million — and the Government of Alberta is investing more than $279 million. The projects have a combined total estimated cost of $535 million.

Highways form the backbone of the provincial transportation network and support national, provincial and regional economic activity. When the roads, bridges and intersections that make up this network are properly maintained, there is less wear and tear on vehicles, better traffic flow, and reduced future maintenance costs. These investments will help businesses across agricultural, manufacturing and resource industries access local, regional, national and international markets, while making it safer and more efficient for all highway travellers.

“The Government of Canada’s investments in trade and transportation infrastructure will build stronger, more efficient transportation corridors to regional and international markets and help Canadian business to compete, grow, and create more jobs for Canada’s middle class. These investments in highway infrastructure across Alberta will support economic growth and provide safer and more efficient transportation routes for Canadians.”

Amarjeet Sohi, federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“By working with our federal counterparts, we are able to do even more to improve highways, connect communities and enhance the movement of goods and services across Alberta. This joint investment supports nearly 100 road and bridge projects from Taber to Peace River and dozens of communities in between as we work to make lives better right across the province.”

Brian Mason, Alberta Minister of Infrastructure and Minister of Transportation

“These infrastructure projects will help keep Albertans working at a time when the heavy construction industry is struggling with spending cuts in the energy and residential sectors. The projects will also pay long-term dividends by supporting new economic growth while reducing congestion and increasing safety for Albertans.”

Jim Rivait, CEO of the Alberta Roadbuilders & Heavy Construction Association

Quick facts

  • The Government of Canada will provide more than $180 billion in infrastructure funding over 12 years for public transit, green infrastructure, social infrastructure and transportation that supports trade and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
  • Budget 2017 proposes over $10.1 billion in trade and transportation projects across Canada. This amount includes $5 billion that will be available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
  • The Government of Alberta’s Budget 2017 four-year Capital Plan invests $29.5 billion in critical infrastructure such as schools, hospitals, roads, bridges and clean water projects.
  • Alberta Transportation’s four-year, $7-billion-plus Capital Plan includes over $5 billion for work on the province’s 31,400-kilometre provincial highway network.

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Backgrounder

The Governments of Canada and Alberta support ten major highway rehabilitation projects

All 10 project bundles, comprised of 96 subcomponent construction projects, announced today were approved under the Highways and Roads category of the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component – National and Regional Projects. Under the program, the Government of Canada is contributing up to 50 percent—nearly $255 million—of total eligible costs and the Government of Alberta is investing more than $279 million.

Highway 2 Project Bundle

This bundle involves the improvement of eight components along Highway 2 (QEII), a core route on the National Highway System that links Edmonton to Calgary. Approximately 113 kilometres of the highway will be repaved, and a new southbound lane will be added in Leduc County to address congestion issues. Highway 2 is part of the CANAMEX Trade Corridor, linking Canada to the United States and Mexico. The natural gas, oil, agricultural and forestry industries all rely on Highway 2 to support operations. The Government of Canada will contribute up to $18,308,500 for this project and the Government of Alberta will invest $22,496,500. The bundle of eight components has a total estimated cost of $40,805,000.

Location

Component

Subtype

Leduc County

HWY 2: Grade, Base, Pave: Added SB Lane, Hwy 2 between 41st Ave and Hwy 19.

New construction

Ponoka County

HWY 2: Overlay: Hwy 53 - Hwy 13 (NBL & SBL selective).

Rehabilitation

Ponoka County

HWY 2: Overlay: 1 Km N of Hwy 2A (S) - 4 km S of Hwy 53.

Rehabilitation

M.D. Spirit River No. 133

HWY 2: Overlay: 14 Km S of Hwy 49 - Hwy 49.

Rehabilitation

Mountain View County

HWY 2: Overlay: 0.5 km north of Hwy 27 to Hwy 590.

Rehabilitation

Northern Sunrise County

HWY 2: Overlay: 6 Km S of Hwy 688 - 1 Km N of Hwy 688 selective.

Rehabilitation

Sturgeon County

HWY 2: Overlay: 3 Km N of Hwy 633 - Hwy 37 selective (incl. Hwy 37 interchange).

Rehabilitation

Sturgeon County

HWY 2: Overlay: Hwy 37 - 2 Km N of Hwy 642.

Rehabilitation

Highway 43 Project Bundle

Highway 43 is part of the CANAMEX Trade Corridor and is a crucial trade route for the natural resources industries in Northwest Alberta. This bundle involves repaving approximately 53 kilometres along the highway, as well as nearly 24 kilometres of final paving work. The Government of Canada is contributing up to $13,349,500 for this project and the Government of Alberta will invest $14,612,500. The bundle of six components has a total estimated cost of $27,962,000.

Location

Component

Subtype

IR Sturgeon Lake #154

23.9km Final Pave: Sturgeon Lake IR (W. of W Bdry - E Bdry).

New Construction

(Final Pave)

IR Sturgeon Lake #154

16.1km Overlay: W of Sturgeon Lake IR to E of Sturgeon Lake IR (W of Valleyview).

Rehabilitation

M.D. Greenview No. 16

20.8km Overlay: 7 Km E of Hwy 670 - 2 Km E of Hwy 736.

Rehabilitation

M.D. Greenview No. 16

9.2km Overlay: 5 km W of Hwy 49 - Hwy 49 (EBL & WBL).

Rehabilitation

Town of Whitecourt

4.3km Overlay: Athabasca (West bound lane) to Hwy 32.

Rehabilitation

Town of Whitecourt

2.8km Overlay: Athabasca (East bound lane) to Hwy 32.

Rehabilitation

Highway 63 Project Bundle

This bundle includes three subcomponents: replacing two culverts with a new bridge over the Hangingstone River southbound on Highway 63, and second-stage paving on two sections of Highway 63—one near the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (Fort McMurray) and one in Athabasca County near the Town of Grassland. Part of Canada’s National Highway System, Highway 63 is the main road through Fort McMurray where it serves travellers commuting to and from Northern Alberta and is vital to supporting Alberta’s oil sands. The Government of Canada is contributing up to $29,883,000 for this project and the Government of Alberta is investing $31,160,000. The project, comprised of three bundled components, has a total estimated cost of $61,043,000.

Location

Description

Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo

Replacement of two culverts with a new bridge over the Hangingstone River for the southbound lanes on Highway 63 (including road and toe berm construction work)

Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo

Highway overlay (approximately 6.5 km)

Athabasca County

Highway overlay (approximately 49 km)

Northern Alberta Highway Rehabilitation Project Bundle

This bundle consists of 13 highway rehabilitation components that total approximately 228 kilometres of overlay on various segments of highways north of Highway 16, in addition to one component that involves approximately 5.1 kilometres of grade widening and intersection improvements in Sturgeon County. The Government of Canada is contributing up to $45,776,500 for this project and the Government of Alberta is investing up to $50,961,000, including up to $750,000 in municipal contributions. The bundle of 14 components has a total estimated cost of $96,738,000.

Location

Component

Description

Lac Ste Anne

Highway 37: Overlay: Highway 43 - 1 km East of Highway 44

This component entails 19.9km of overlay

Westlock

Highway 44: Overlay: 1 km North of Highway 642 – Town of Westlock

This component entails 37.1km of overlay

Sturgeon County

Highway 825: Grade Widening: Highway 37 – Boysdale Road (includes intersection improvements)

This component entails 5.1km of grade widening

Parkland County

Highway 770: Overlay: Highway 627 - Highway 43

This component entails 13.7km of overlay

Yellowhead County

Highway 40: Overlay: Highway 16 – North of Berland Rivers (Portions within this boundary)

This component entails 17.9km of overlay

Yellowhead County

Highway 16: Overlay: 8 km East of Highway 32 - 4 km West of Highway 751

This component entails 13.8km of overlay

Yellowhead County

Highway 16: Overlay: West of Highway 753 - Highway 753

This component entails 1.5km of overlay

Yellowhead County

Highway 32: Overlay: Highway 16 - 4 km North of Highway 748

This component entails 21.1km of overlay

Woodlands County

Highway 32: Overlay: 11 km North of Park Access Road 142 - 22 km South of Town of Swan Hills

This component entails 21.3km of overlay

M.D. Bonnyville

Highway 41: Overlay: Highway 28 (Bonnyville) - North of Highway 28

This component entails 9.5km of overlay

Fairview

Highway 732: Overlay: Highway 2 - 6 km South of Highway 685

This component entails 17.2km of overlay

M.D. Bonnyville

Highway 657: Overlay: 19 km East Highway 41 - Highway 659

This component entails 19.7km of overlay

Vermilion River

Highway 897: Overlay: Highway 45 - Highway 646 (Portions within this boundary)

This component entails 18.4km of overlay

Yellowhead County

Highway 22: Overlay: Highway 16A - 16 km South of Highway 647

This component entails 17km of overlay

Peace Region Highway Rehabilitation Project Bundle (2018)

Seven highway components spanning five municipalities in Northern Alberta will be repaved as part of this project. This adds up to approximately 122 kilometres of improved highway in Saddle Hills, the County of Northern Lights, the County of Grande Prairie No. 1, the M.D. Spirit River No. 133 and Saddle Hills County. The Government of Canada is contributing up to $16,279,000 for this project and the Government of Alberta is investing $16,707,000. The bundle of seven components has a total estimated cost of $32,986,000.

Location

Component

Description

Saddle Hills

Highway 49: Overlay: 13 Km West of Highway 719 – 9 Km East of Highway 719

This component entails of 22.9km of overlay

County of Northern Lights

Highway 986: Overlay: Highway 743 – Highway 688 (Portions within)

This component entails 17.8km of overlay

County of Grande Prairie No. 1

Highway 668: Overlay: Highway 40 – 2 Km West of City of Grande Prairie

This component entails 3.4km of overlay

County of Grande Prairie No. 1

Highway 40: Overlay: 1 Km North of Highway 666 – 2 Km North of Highway 668 (Portions within)

This component entails 6.4km of overlay

M.D. Spirit River no. 133

Highway 49: Overlay: 1 Km East of Town of Spirit River - Highway 2 (Portions within)

This component entails 6.7km of overlay

County of Northern Lights

Highway 35: Overlay: 10 Km North of Highway 689 - Highway 691

This component entails 32.7km of overlay

Saddle Hills County

Highway 49: Overlay: 18 Km West of Highway 725 - 2 Km West of Highway 727

This component entails 31.9km of overlay

Central Alberta Pavement and Rehabilitation Project Bundle (2018)

This bundle includes rehabilitation work on nine highways north of Red Deer and south of Cold Lake. The 10 components include more than 166 kilometres of highway repaving throughout Central Alberta and nearly 38 kilometres of grade widening in Parkland County. The Government of Canada is contributing up to $38,617,500 for this project and the Government of Alberta is investing $39,313,500. The bundle of 10 components has a total estimated cost of $77,931,000.

Location

Component

Description

Yellowhead County

Highway 40: Overlay: 3km North of Park Access Road 123 – 42km North of Park Access Road 123

This component entails 39.2km of overlay

Parkland County

Highway 22: Overlay: North of Drayton Village – Highway 16

This component entails 37.9km of grade widening

Sturgeon County

Highway 825: Overlay: 2km North of City of Fort Saskatchewan – Highway 643

This component entails 9.2km of overlay

Thorhild County

Highway 831: Overlay: Highway 661 – Highway 63

This component entails 29.9km of overlay

Clearwater County

Highway 22: Overlay: 1km North of Highway 53 – Highway 13 (22.26 C1 0.900 – 26.853)

This component entails 26km of overlay

Sturgeon County

Highway 803: Overlay: Highway 28 – 2km North of Highway 28

This component entails 1.9km of overlay

Athabasca County

Highway 663: Overlay: 3km West of Highway 827 – Highway 63

This component entails 22.9km of overlay

Lamont County

Highway 38: Overlay: 1.7km East of Highway 830 – Highway 45

This component entails 4.9km of overlay

Camrose County

Highway 21: Overlay: Highway 13 – 2km North of Highway 616

This component entails 15.5km of overlay

M.D. of Bonnyville No. 87

Highway 55: Overlay: Highway 892 – City of Cold Lake

This component entails 16.8km of overlay

Southern Alberta Highway Rehabilitation Project Bundle (2017)

Approximately 123 kilometres of highway segments in Southern Alberta will be repaved as part of this bundle, in addition to approximately 10 kilometres of grade widening work in Leduc County. The Government of Canada is contributing up to $17,350,500 for this project and the Government of Alberta is investing $19,382,500. The bundle of 10 components has a total estimated cost of $36,733,000.

Location

Component

Description

Strathcona County

Highway 628: Overlay: Anthony Henday Drive – 3 km East of Highway 216

This component entails 3.8km of overlay

Leduc County

Highway 625: Overlay: 3 km East of Highway 2 – Highway 21

This component entails 17km of overlay

Leduc County

Highway 814: Overlay: Highway 623 – Highway 625

This component entails 10.1km of grade widening

MD of Provost

Highway 13: Overlay: Highway 881 – Highway 884

This component entails 21.4km of overlay

Town of Ponoka

Highway 53: Overlay: West of Highway 2 – Highway 2A

This component entails 6km of overlay

Parkland County

Highway 627: Overlay: 6 km West of Highway 770 – Highway 770

This component entails 5.5km of overlay

Town of Stony Plain

Highway 628: Overlay: Town of Stoney Plain – 6 km East of Highway 779

This component entails 6.1km of overlay

MD Foothills

Highway 762: Overlay: Highway 549 – Highway 22

This component entails 22.2km of overlay

County of Minburn

Highway 36: Overlay: South of Highway 16 – 16

This component entails 18.7km of overlay

County of Vermillion River

Highway 41: Overlay: 1 km South of Highway 833 – 3 km North of Highway 619

This component entails 22.4km of overlay

Southern Alberta Pavement and Rehabilitation Project Bundle (2018)

This bundle consists of 20 components which will result in more than 264 kilometres of repaved highway segments across 16 municipalities in Southern Alberta. The vast majority of the work will occur in the 2018 construction season. The Government of Canada is contributing up to $30,851,000 for this project and the Government of Alberta is investing $34,213,000. The bundle of 20 components has a total estimated cost of $65,064,000.

Location

Component

Description

Clearwater County

Highway 598: Overlay: Highway 11A – Highway 761 (Portions within)

23.1 km of overlay

County of Paintearth No. 18

Highway 12: Overlay: 1 km East of Highway 855  – Highway 36

22.1 km of overlay

Camrose County

Highway 13: Overlay: 1 km East of Highway 21 –  City of Camrose

2.5km of overlay

Special Area 2

Highway 36: Overlay: 7 Km South of Highway 577 – Highway 9

20.4 km of overlay

Beaver County

Highway 26: Overlay: 6 Km West of Highway 855 – 3 km West of Highway 857

16.4 km of overlay

Rocky View County

Highway 766: Overlay: Highway 1A - Highway 567

10.9 km of overlay

Parkland County

Highway 22: Overlay: South of Highway 16 (portions within) including 2 small segments on 16/22 interchange)

1.1 km of overlay

M.D. of Taber

Highway 3: Overlay: 1 km West of Highway 3A – Town of Taber (Portions within)

14.6 km of overlay

IR Blood #148

Highway 2: Overlay: Highway 5 - 1 km North of Highway 505

16.7 km of overlay

County of Newell

Highway 544: Overlay: Highway 873 - 5 km East of Highway 876

20.8 km of overlay

County of Newell

Highway 550: Overlay: Highway 36 - Highway 873

3.8 km of overlay

County of Warner no.5

Highway 4: Overlay: 2 km North of Town of Milk River - Highway 36

13.4 km of overlay

Kananaskis Improvement District

Highway 40: Peter Lougheed Park Access  - Highway 1A

25.6 km of overlay

M.D. of Ranchland No.66

Highway 22: Overlay: PAR 152 - 5 km South of Highway 540

20 km of overlay

County of Newell

Highway 873: Overlay: 1 km North of Highway 1 – Highway 550

14.5 km of overlay

County of Wetaskiwin No.10

Highway 22: Overlay: 13 – 5 km South of Highway 616

14.7 km of overlay

Rocky View County

Highway 567 - Highway 574 (772:02 C1 11.510 – 31.067

19.6 km of overlay

Town of Bowden

East of Highway 587:02 to Highway 587:03 (2A:14 C1 32.613 – 33.063

0.4 km of overlay

Town of Taber

Highway 36: Overlay: Highway 3 – Town of Taber (portions within)

0.1 km of overlay

County of Paintearth No. 18

Highway 36: Overlay: 5 Km South of Highway 12 – 2 km South of Highway 12

3.5 km of overlay

Intersection and Reconstruction Project Bundle

This project involves work on intersections along five highways in Alberta: upgrades to intersections on Highway 660 in the Municipal District of Bonnyville and Highway 37 in Sturgeon County; a climbing lane upgrade on Highway 13 in Flagstaff County; a highway and intersection reconstruction in the Town of Stony Plain on Highway 779; and the construction of a roundabout on Highway 39 in Leduc County. These enhancements will increase the capacity of the intersections, enhance traffic flow and improve safety. The Government of Canada is contributing up to $25,835,000 for this project and the Government of Alberta is investing $27,302,000. The bundle of five components has a total estimated cost of $53,137,000.

Location

Component

Description

M.D. of Bonnyville No. 87

HWY 660: INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENT: Hwy 660/882 Intersection Improvement

Upgrade of intersection (taper length)

Sturgeon County

HWY 37: INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENT: Major Intersection Improvement / Realignment at Hwy 37/825/15 (W of Ft Saskatchewan)

Major Upgrade of intersection (taper length, turn radius etc.)

Flagstaff County

HWY 13: CLIMBING LANE: 3 Km E of Hwy 881 - 3 Km E of Hardisty (EB)

Upgrade climbing lane

Town of Stony Plain

HWY 779: RECONSTRUCT: Hwy 628 - 47th Ave (Town of Stony Plain)

Highway and intersection

reconstruction

Leduc County

HWY 39: INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENT: Highway 39 and 60 (roundabout)

Construction of a roundabout

Bridge Renewal Project Bundle

The Bridge Renewal project involves 13 infrastructure components across Alberta. Work includes a bridge replacement and road re-alignment in Starland County; the widening of two culverts in Sturgeon County; bridge work in Rocky View County, Crowsnest Pass and Sturgeon County; and culvert replacements in five different Alberta municipalities. Rehabilitating and replacing bridges and culverts improves the reliability and safety of the transportation system. The Government of Canada is contributing up to $18,681,434 for this project and the Government of Alberta is investing $23,317,566. The bundle of 13 components has a total estimated cost of $41,999,000.

Location

Component

Description

Starland County

HWY 27: BRIDGE-REPLACE: Red Deer River Bridge on Highway 27, 12 Km SW of Morrin (9551-1)

Replacement of old bridge

Starland County

HWY 27: RECONSTRUCT: Red Deer River Bridge, near Morrin, Road re-alignment and Erosion Repairs

Re-alignment of road to new bridge

Sturgeon County

HWY 825: BRIDGE-WIDEN: Watercourse Culvert Under Hwy 825 near Fort Saskatchewan (85149-1)

Culvert widening

Sturgeon County

HWY 825: BRIDGE-WIDEN: Watercourse Culvert on Provincial Highway 825 near Fort Sask (559-1)

Culvert widening

M.D. Bighorn No. 8

HWY 1: BRIDGE-REPLACE: Bow River Culvert on Highway 1, At Canmore (74364-1)

Culvert replacement

Yellowhead County

HWY 47: BRIDGE-REPLACE: Watercourse Culvert on Highway 47, 34 Km SW of Edson (73283-1)

Culvert replacement

Westlock County

HWY 44: BRIDGE-REPLACE: Bear Creek Culvert on Provincial Highway 44 near Jarvie (9454-1)

Culvert replacement

Saddle Hills

HWY 49: BRIDGE-REPLACE: Tributary to Henderson Creek Culvert on Highway 49, 22 Km E of Bay Tree (78868-1)

Culvert replacement

Leduc County

HWY 19: BRIDGE-REPLACE: Tributary to North Saskatchewan River Culvert on Highway 19, 2 Km E of Devon (8958-1)

Culvert replacement

Rocky View County

HWY 1: BRIDGE-DECK: Highway 563 Over Highway 1 Interchange, 2 Km W of Calgary (75933-1)

Deck rehabilitation

Municipality of Crowsnest Pass

HWY 3: BRIDGE-DECK: Crowsnest River Bridge on Highway 3, At Frank (395-1)

Deck rehabilitation

Rocky View County

HWY 22: BRIDGE-DECK: Elbow River Bridge on Highway 22, 15 Km S of Cochrane (13545-1)

Deck rehabilitation

Sturgeon County

STURGEON COUNTY    HWY 825: BRIDGE-DECK: Sturgeon River Bridge on Highway 825, 9 Km SE of Gibbons (2301-1)

Deck rehabilitation


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