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Work begins on final Highway 63 twinning project


October 3, 2014
By Rock to Road

highway63webOctober 2, 2014, Edmonton, Alta. – The Alberta Government
forges ahead to complete the twinning of 240 kilometers of Highway 63 from
Highway 55 near Grassland to Fort McMurray by 2016.

highway63webOctober 2, 2014, Edmonton, Alta. – The Alberta Government
forges ahead to complete the twinning of 240 kilometers of Highway 63 from
Highway 55 near Grassland to Fort McMurray by 2016.

 

Premier Jim Prentice announced today that work on the final
12-kilometre stretch of Highway 63 just north of Highway 55 has begun, helping
to improve safety for all motorists along this key north-south corridor to the
oil sands.

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“With the continued growth in Alberta’s energy sector and
regional population, we know travel on Highway 63 will continue to increase,”
says Jim Prentice, Premier of Alberta. “Today’s announcement demonstrates our
commitment to ensure that travel for residents and visitors to Wood Buffalo is
made safer. Completion of this project also supports Alberta’s energy sector as
our province’s and country’s economic engine. This final contract keeps us on
track to meet our promise to all Albertans to complete the Highway 63 twinning
by 2016.”

 

Nearly $425 million of Budget 2014 is dedicated to Highway
63 twinning construction.

 

Contracts awarded:

  • September 2014 –The final, $71 million contract was awarded
    to Carmacks Enterprise, covering 12 kilometres of base and paving twinning just
    north of the Highway 55/Highway 63 junction, and construction of a new
    inspection station – 2016 completion.
  • January 2014: Grading of 13 kilometres on Highway 63, north
    of Hangingstone River worth $16 million – 2015 completion.
  • December 2013: Base and paving of 17 kilometres, south of
    Wandering River worth $31.8 million – 2015 completion.
  • December 2013: Base and paving work for 27 kilometres, near
    Wandering River and north worth $46.6 million – 2015 completion.
  • December 2013: Base and paving of 32 kilometres, north of
    Mariana Lake worth $27.2 million – 2015 completion.
  • November 2013: Grading, base and paving work for 38
    kilometres near the Hangingstone River worth $129.5 million – 2016 completion.

 

The contracts, which were awarded through a competitive
tender process, represent a major investment in this key transportation
corridor.


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