The 2022 highway construction season is underway in the province of Alberta with nearly $1.4 billion being invested in 300 capital and highway improvement projects.
Budget 2022 invests $789.4 million in this year’s Capital Plan for roads and bridges. A number of major capital projects will be completed this year, including:
- Highway 19 twinning, west segment – fall 2022
- Highway 15 twinning and new bridge – fall 2022
- Peace River bridge deck replacement project – fall 2022
“We are building and maintaining the important infrastructure that makes Alberta a strong and vibrant place to live, raise a family and grow a business,” stated Rajan Sawhney, Minister of Transportation
Budget 2022 also invests just over $597 million in this year’s Provincial Construction Program, which focuses on projects that will preserve the lifespan of critical highway infrastructure, including bridge construction, bridge deck joint replacements and repaving highways.
Projects have been identified in all regions of the province:
- 75 in central region
- 80 in north central/Fort McMurray regions
- 73 in Peace region
- 80 in southern region
“The benefits stemming from the Alberta government’s infrastructure investments will not only enhance public safety but play a major role in the region’s economic recovery,” added Tanni Doblanko, Mayor, Leduc County.
“Investing in road construction and maintenance represents excellent value for taxpayers because improved transportation systems are critical to Alberta’s exports and economic growth. This significant contribution will sustain jobs and economic benefits to communities,” said Ron Glen, CEO, Alberta Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Association.
Planning continues for several capital projects, including:
- Highway 3 twinning – Construction is expected to start in 2023.
- Highway 1A and Highway 22 interchange at Cochrane – Construction is expected to start in 2023.
- Highway 11 twinning – Work has begun on Phase 1 of the project, which will include the construction of roundabouts at Highway 781 and Range Road 15. Phase 2 of the project is expected to begin early next year.
- Trans-Canada Highway Wildlife Overpass – Construction is underway, with completion scheduled for fall 2023.
Featured image: Tanni Doblanko, Mayor, Leduc County. (Government of Alberta)