Ottawa, Ontario – Canada’s Environment Minister has announced that the proposed Highway 58 Extension-Fox Lake Access Road project in Northern Alberta is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects, based on the implementation of measures outlined in a comprehensive study report.

Minister John Baird determined that the project does not require further assessment and has referred it back to Indian and Northern Affairs Canada and the Parks Canada Agency for appropriate action.

The proponent, Little Red River Cree Nation, is planning to upgrade the winter access roads to the Fox Lake and Garden River communities in North Alberta to all-weather access roads. The project will consist of upgrading 57.8 km of existing summer/winter roads to all-season access roads, the removal of existing watercourse structures, the construction of one major span bridge, four span bridge structures, and culvert structures, the construction of 7.0 km of new all-season access road, and the reclamation of approximately 28.85 hectares of existing corridors. The project will take three years to construct.

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