Alta. plans to twin southern highway

A stretch of Highway 3, a busy travel and transport route in southern Alberta, will be twinned starting in 2021.

The provincial government today announced funding for the project, which will see 46 kilometres between Taber and Burdett, Alta., made into a twinned highway over a three-year period. The project is part of the province’s $10 billion economic recovery plan announced in June.

Highway 3, an east-west route through the province, sees about 3,900 vehicles per day, according to provincial figures.

The twinning project is expected to support about 755 jobs and help drive economic recovery in southern Alberta.

“The agri-business sector is a key part of Alberta’s economic recovery,” said Alberta Transportation Minister Ric McIvor in a news release.

“That’s why we are investing in critical infrastructure that creates jobs now and ensures that we can support the growth of this important sector. Twinning Highway 3 makes the roads safer, more efficient, and gets Albertans working when jobs are needed most.”

Grant Hunter, MLA for Taber-Warner, echoed the project’s aim to improve safety and also to help establish the southern highway corridor as an agri-food hub.

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