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Fort McMurray looking for secondary route

June 9, 2016  By  Andrew Macklin

June 9, 2016 – With the 240km twinning of Highway 63 from Fort McMurray to Grassland all but complete, residents are now turning their focus to the creation of a secondary route.

According to a report from the Edmonton Journal, the twinned highway was a vital artery during the evacuation of Fort McMurray on May 3rd. The recent twinning of the highway likely saved lives during the evacuation, as a two-lane highway could not have provided the vehicle capacity needed to safely evacuate residents

But that has also caused residents to reflect on the lack of a secondary route away from the city, one that would have made the evacuation that much easier. The suggestion is that a route west to Grande Prairie or east to Saskatchewan would be the logical secondary route.

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