- Highway 19 twinning, west segment – to be completed in fall 2022;
- Highway 15 twinning and new bridge – to be completed in fall 2022; and
- Peace River bridge deck replacement project – to be completed in fall 2022.
Roads & Bridges
Roads & Paving
Highway construction season kicks off in Alberta
May 30, 2022 By Don Horne
“We’ll get it done, but it won’t be without challenge,” said Ron Glen, CEO of Alberta Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Association, told CTV News.
It’s hard to hire heavy construction workers in Alberta at the best of times, Glen said, but this year it’s worse. He also said fuel costs, in particular, will affect project price tags.
“So these are challenges that we’re going to have to meet and work with our partners in the owner group, whether it’s Alberta Transportation or municipalities to make sure the risk of these input costs are shared.”
Additionally, Budget 2022 is investing just over $597 million in this year’s Provincial Construction Program., which focuses on projects that will preserve the lifespan of critical highway infrastructure, including bridge construction, bridge deck joint replacements and the repaving of highways.
Projects have been identified in all areas of the province:
- 75 in the central region;
- 80 in the north central/Fort McMurray regions;
- 73 in the Peace region; and
- 80 in the southern region.
“Investing in road construction and maintenance represents excellent value for taxpayers because improved transportation systems are critical to Alberta’s exports and economic growth,” says Ron Glen, the CEO of Alberta Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Association. “This significant contribution will sustain jobs and economic benefits to communities.”
Planning continues for multiple capital projects, which include:
- Highway 3 twinning – construction is expected to start in 2023;
- Highway 1A and Highway 22 interchange at Cochrane – construction is expected to start in 2023;
- Highway 11 twinning – work has begun on Phase 1 of the project. This will include the construction of roundabouts at Highway 781 and Range Road 15. Phase 2 is expected to start in early 2023; and
- Trans-Canada Highway Wildlife Overpass – construction is underway with completion scheduled for fall 2023.
Alberta’s highway network includes roughly 4,600 bridge structures, including river crossing bridges, overpasses and culverts. Every year, Alberta Transportation typically paves about 1,000 kilometres of highway and rehabilitates or replaces approximately 50 bridges.
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