April 23, 2013, Alta. – Drivers will see ramped up construction activities on Highway 63 this summer, as 250 pieces of equipment and more than 400 workers take to the road to complete tree clearing, grading, bridge construction, paving and utility moves.
“With our many partners pulling together along this corridor, we will meet the accelerated fall 2016 twinning schedule,” said Ric McIver, Minister of Transportation.
2013 will see almost 60 kilometres of grading completed on Highway 63 at a cost of $93 million. A major tree-clearing project billed at $3 million will also finish this spring, opening up 55 kilometres of right-of-way for new construction. Work also continues on eight passing lanes opening this summer to provide more safe passing opportunities on Highway 63.
Drivers will see the new Lac La Biche River Bridge built by summer 2014. New tenders will be issued in the coming months in preparation for another 60 kilometres of twinning grading, paving and bridge construction to be completed by 2015.
More than $1 billion has already been invested in northeastern Alberta for Highways 63 and 881 and to improve infrastructure in the Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo region.
Construction continues on Confederation Way and Thickwood Boulevard interchanges in Fort McMurray, which will be operational with permanent ramps in place by the end of 2013. Steinhauer and Grant MacEwan bridges over the Athabasca River are on target for 2014 completion. Work also continues to provide access for the Parsons Creek Development with a 2015 completion date.
As with all construction zones in the province, drivers on Highway 63 are reminded to obey all signs, flag people and posted speed limits in construction zones. Speed fines are doubled when workers are present.