The province has announced what it calls “a major investment” in Alberta highways. The federal and provincial governments are sharing the cost of more than a half-billion dollars worth of road work around Alberta.
Several projects are planned for the Peace.
There will be close to 53 kilometres of re-paving along Highway 43 in Sturgeon Lake and the MD of Greenview and in Whitecourt. There will also be just under 24 kilometres of final pavement work done on 43 in the Sturgeon Lake area. All of this will cost just under $28-million.
A little over 17 kilometres of Highway 732 near Fairview will get new pavement.
There will also be new pavement on more than 60 kilometres of Highway 49 in the M.D. of Spirit River and Saddle Hills County; 3.4 kilometres of Highway 668 and 6.4 kilometres of Highway 40 south of Grande Prairie and parts of Highways 35 and 986 in the County of Northern Lights. Total cost for these projects is just under $33-million.
Alberta Infrastructure Minister Brian Mason says work on most of the 96 will start this year.
“We have ranked our priorities according to specific criteria and that includes condition of roads, what the traffic expectations are, are there safety issues that are identified and so on. That ranking is done by professionals in our department and then the Government of Alberta submits the list for consideration by the federal government.”
He adds both governments are putting more money into infrastructure.
“We sought some advice from David Dodge, who was governor of the Bank of Canada and he did a study for us. He basically said, you know, with the economy headed into a recession. it’s a good time to make increased investments in infrastructure, because you can keep people working and you can actually get better prices on your tenders.”
Mason says these projects should create 3000 jobs.