Nineteen kilometres of Highway 40 will be twinned between Grande Prairie and south of the Wapiti River area, part of a significant investment in the community’s transportation network.
A full interchange will also be built at the intersection of Highways 43 and 43X – the new Grande Prairie bypass – following the scheduled opening of the bypass in the summer of 2019.
“These highway routes continue to experience steady growth and are essential to the economic development of the Grande Prairie area.,” said Brian Mason, Minister of Transportation. “These projects will not only improve access to industrial and residential expansion, but will significantly improve safety for all travellers.”
Highway 43 is part of the National Highway System and northern section of the Canamex Trade Corridor that connects to the U.S. interstate system. Through Grande Prairie, Highway 43 averages 27,000 vehicle trips daily.
The Highway 40 project also includes:
- A second bridge across the Wapiti River, with a pedestrian walkway;
- Intersection improvements and new traffic signals; and
- Upgraded lighting to LED.
“Our region as a whole, including the City of Grande Prairie, County of Grande Prairie, and Municipal District of Greenview, will all benefit tremendously from these projects which will allow for safer travel for residents, employees and visitors alike, and pave the way for continued exponential growth of this area, both in population and business development.”
The population of Grande Prairie is expected to grow from 63,000 to 121,000 by 2037. Each day, more than 10,000 vehicles travel the section of Highway 40 to be twinned.