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The engineering study will focus on the first 59 kilometres of the highway, between Highway 88 and the Lawrence River, which will include upgrades, bridge replacements and paving.
The current gravel highway is in poor condition and is the only access road to John D’or Prairie, Fox Lake and Garden River, all part of the Little Red River Cree Nation.
A Request for Proposals has been issued to hire a consultant to begin the study. The consultant should be in place to begin the work in September.
This project is not in the current Capital Plan, but it will be submitted for budget 2022 consideration. If approved, the project could be tendered and construction could begin in 2023 with completion in 2025.
Early estimates indicate the project would cost approximately $65 million.