Improving Alberta’s roads to bolster economic growth
Budget 2023 includes $8M to improve safety and support transportation of heavy industrial goods to northwest Alberta
April 17, 2023 By Government of Alberta
Alberta’s economy has momentum and economic corridors play a critical role in moving goods efficiently and keeping Alberta markets connected.
Highway 19 is a key section of the high load/overweight corridor supporting the movement of industrial goods into and out of the Nisku Business Park. Improving this section of the highway will support the movement of heavy industrial goods to northwest Alberta, which plays an important role in keeping the province’s economy strong.
“Highway 19 is a vital link for the movement of goods and services, connecting the QEII to Highway 60. This work will help build this important economic corridor and improve the movement of goods to major highways, rail services and the Edmonton International Airport,” said Minister of Transportation and Economic Corridors Devin Dreeshen.
The funding will support the detailed design, utility relocation, land acquisition and environmental permitting of Highway 19 between Range Road 253 and Range Road 261 that is needed before construction can begin.
“Twinning this last section of Highway 19 is critical to support the increased movement of heavy industrial goods to northwest Alberta and to other markets. This investment will help boost economic growth and development in the region and substantially improve the safety of those who use the highway on a daily basis,” said Mark Smith, MLA for Drayton Valley-Devon.
“The safety of our residents is always our top concern when we discuss Highway 19, and it is great to see planning for this final phase in the province’s 2023 budget. With the upcoming connection from Highway 19 to Michigan Street, this also provides our town and the province with a great economic opportunity as we continue working to attract new investment and promote growth in our community,” said Mayor Jeff Craddock of the Town of Devon.
New signals at Highway 19 and Highway 60 will improve safety for turning vehicles by creating breaks in traffic, reducing turn wait times by about 15 minutes during peak times.
Twinning this section of the highway will also improve safety for the nearly 10,000 commuter and commercial vehicles that travel Highway 19 each day by reducing the chances of a head-on collision.
Fore more info: Government of Alberta.
Print this page