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Alberta registers record infrastructure spending in 2007


Capping one of the busiest construction seasons in its history, Alberta invested more than $4.1 billion during 2007 on new roads, new and upgraded schools, expanded post secondary institutes and health facilities.

Capping one of the busiest construction seasons in its history, Alberta invested more than $4.1 billion during 2007 on new roads, new and upgraded schools, expanded post secondary institutes and health facilities.

Highlights of the past year include completion of the new $300 million Calgary Courts Centre, a $600-million investment for new K-12 school infrastructure and $900 million invested to support post-secondary infrastructure. The government also built 246 km of new paved highways at a cost of $310 million. Major paving projects were undertaken on Highways 519, 561, 570 and 813. In addition to new highway construction, some 861 km of highway were repaved at a cost of $260 million. Major repaving projects were completed on Deerfoot Trail in Calgary and Highways 15, 39 and 560. Twinning work completed in 2007 includes 43 km of Highway 43 at a cost of $68 million. An addition 7 km of twinning started on Highway 2 north of Grande Prairie at a cost of $22 million and twinning started on 33 km of Highway 63 at a cost of $88 million. Widening work was completed last summer on 57 km of roadway at a cost of $157 million.

Two major interchanges were completed and opened to traffic in 2007. The Aldersyde Interchange was completed at a cost of $30 million and the Highway 201 Trans Canada Highway Interchange at Stoney Trail was completed at a cost of $40 million. Also, construction started on seven new interchanges in 2007, with a total cost of $190 million. Major bridge work that started in 2007 includes the bridge structure at Smoky River on Highway 49 at a cost of $48
million, the Highway 719 Henderson Creek Bridge at $11 million and the Deerfoot Trail and Stoney Trail at $20 million.

Construction also began in 2007 on the northeast leg of the Calgary ring road and continued on the northwest leg. Another highlight of last season’s roadbuilding program was the completion of the southeast leg of Edmonton’s ring road.


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