Alberta to build Highway 43 bypass
By Andrew Macklin
April 28, 2016 – A new bypass of Highway 43 in Grande Prairie will provide safer travel for commercial and industrial goods in and around Grande Prairie.
The $54-million investment in the bypass will reduce congestion and improve traffic flow and safety for travellers, local residents and businesses. The two-year project is expected to create hundreds of jobs.
“With a local economy strongly tied to oil and gas, as well as forestry and agriculture, quality infrastructure and efficient transportation corridors are critical to move our world-class resources to market,” says Alberta Energy Minister Margaret McCuaig-Boyd. “A new bypass will support safer, more efficient travel for these industries and all Albertans.”
More than 27,000 vehicles a day currently use Highway 43, which goes directly through Grande Prairie, including heavy industrial traffic carrying dangerous goods.
“We are very pleased to see the Government of Alberta moving forward with this new bypass,” says Bill Given, mayor of Grande Prairie. “When complete, Highway 43X will improve safety for motorists, reduce travel times for industry and open up significant new commercial and industrial development opportunities in the region.”