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Preliminary work begins on Highway 58 upgrades in Alberta


August 20, 2021
By Rock to Road Staff

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Alberta Transportation is moving ahead with an engineering study and detailed design for future upgrades to Highway 58, between Highway 88 and the Boundary of Wood Buffalo National Park.

The engineering study will focus on the first 59 kilometres of the highway, between Highway 88 and the Lawrence River, which will include upgrades, bridge replacements and paving.

The current gravel highway is in poor condition and is the only access road to John D’or Prairie, Fox Lake and Garden River, all part of the Little Red River Cree Nation, the province said.

A Request for Proposals has been issued to hire a consultant to begin the study. The consultant should be in place to begin the work in September.

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This project is not in the current capital plan, but it will be submitted for budget 2022 consideration. If approved, the project could be tendered and construction could begin in 2023 with completion in 2025.

Early estimates indicate the project would cost approximately $65 million.