June 28, 2005

Project moves Alberta’s Highway 43 closer to completion

Edmonton, Alberta – Fifty kilometres of four-lane road on Highway 43 will open to traffic by the end of this year’s construction season, beginning with a 14 km stretch that will open this month.

Highway 43 forms the northwest leg of Alberta’s north-south trade corridor, running 432 km from its junction with Highway 16 west of Edmonton to Grande Prairie. The Alberta government will invest approximately $52 million in the highway in 2005, bringing the total investment in Highway 43 to $450 million over the past six years. The federal government will also be investing $29 million under the Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program.

A 14 km segment between Cherhill and Glenevis will open to traffic by the end of June, with another 36 km by the end of the 2005 construction season. That will leave only 56 km of two-lane road remaining along the highway. Completion of the entire project is scheduled for fall 2007.

The north-south trade corridor will be a continuous 1,175 km four-lane highway link from the Alberta-Montana border at Coutts, to the British Columbia-Alberta border west of Grande Prairie. The corridor will form part of the greater CANAMEX corridor, a highway link from Alaska to Mexico City.

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