The province’s former Transportation Minister is happy to see a number of improvements along highway 40 get the green light.
The province announced late last week a total of 18 projects for the highway at a total cost of 200 million dollars.
Included in the work is improvements to Wapiti bridge, as well as the installment of new culverts, rest areas, and the addition of two new climbing lanes.
Grande Prairie-Wapiti MLA Wayne Drysdale is particularly happy to see parts of the highway between Grande Cache and Hinton being widened and repaved.
“That is great news. Hopefully one day we can get twinning started and get some improvements on the other end.”
Drysdale has long been a supporter of twinning the highway near Grande Prairie and admittedly was a little surprised that was not included in the announcement.
“I have a call into the regional engineer. But they did actually have plans to include passing lanes and pull out lanes from Highway 40 to the Seven Generations site next year. That was no in this announcement so I am a little puzzled about that. But even that would help a lot.”
Drysdale adds he wanted to have some work done on Highway 40 while he was Transportation Minister.
However, he says the government’s funding priority at the time was finishing off ring roads in both Edmonton and Calgary.