$117 million to twin 12 kilometres of highway 63

The Government of Alberta is investing $117 million to twin 12 kilometres of Highway 63 between Mildred Lake and the Athabasca River (Bridge to Nowhere).

This stretch of highway is the only major highway leading to the oilsands and sees almost 11,000 commuters and commercial vehicles daily.

“The rapid and sustained growth in activity north of Fort McMurray makes Highway 63 one of the most critical economic corridors in our province,” said Premier Danielle Smith.

“Making it safer for the hard-working oilsands employees who help keep our economy going is a natural next step. This is one more way we are focused on growing Alberta’s economic momentum.”

Preparation work for the project, such as clearing the land will begin this fall with construction set to begin in spring 2024.

“The work that happens here every day drives Alberta’s economy and plays a critical role in supporting sustainable economic stability and social prosperity in Alberta and across Canada,” said Mayor Sandy Bowman.

“This important investment by the province is welcome news that recognizes that when our region succeeds, so does Alberta.”

The government hopes this investment will lead to safer commutes and more connection to northern communities.

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