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Stretch of Hwy. 40 reopens after June flooding


September 6, 2013
By Rock to Road

September 4, 2013, Edmonton, Alta. – A
22-kilometre stretch of Highway 40 is re-opening between the Peter Lougheed
Park winter gates (Highway 68) and Lost Lemon Lookout.

September 4, 2013, Edmonton, Alta. – A
22-kilometre stretch of Highway 40 is re-opening between the Peter Lougheed
Park winter gates (Highway 68) and Lost Lemon Lookout.

June flooding caused damage to the highway as torrents of
water and debris scraped the roadway and tore across embankments, plugging
culverts and ditches.

Repairs included clearing out all of the debris, and
fixing and re-grading the damaged sections of the highway.
 

Highway 40 had been closed from Highway 1 to Highway 541 but
sections up to the Peter Lougheed Provincial Park winter gates (Highway 68)
opened as repairs were completed earlier this summer. 

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Fixing this section of the highway means nearly 72 kms of
the road will now be open from Highway 1 to the summit at Lost Lemon Lookout, a
favourite for recreational enthusiasts and a staging point for hunters heading
beyond the park boundary. 

The remaining 33 kms of road from the summit to Highway
541 is closed pending repairs, with damage to creek crossings and roadways needing
significant work. It is anticipated this section will re-open next year.