FORT MCMURRAY, AB, Nov. 7, 2012 /CNW/ - Motorists on Highway 63 can now
access adjacent residential areas in Fort McMurray more quickly and
safely. The new Confederation Way Interchange opens to traffic
Wednesday, November 7, and is another milestone in a long line of
infrastructure improvements for the region.
"Our government's commitment to this growing economic region has meant
constant improvements to safety all along Highway 63. This important
interchange is another positive change in the landscape," said Ric
McIver, Minister of Transportation. "In the last year alone, traffic
has opened up on the Thickwood Boulevard Interchange and the impressive
Athabasca Bridge. Now, local residents are enjoying even smoother
travel throughout the Regional Municipality."
"This investment will help keep Canadians safe on Highway 63, while
supporting long-term growth and boosting the productivity of our
economy," said Brian Jean, Member of Parliament for Fort
McMurray—Athabasca. "The Government of Canada is proud to provide
significant financial support for improvements that will ease
congestion and improve travel times on this heavily-used corridor."
This $180 million project to improve the Thickwood Boulevard and
Confederation Way Interchanges is being jointly funded by the federal
and provincial governments, with the Government of Canada contributing
up to $40 million through the Building Canada Fund and the province
contributing the balance.
Continued work on the project involves widening Highway 63 to six lanes
between the two interchanges, building service roads, completing ramps
and tie-ins and constructing retaining walls. Temporary routes will be
in place over the winter on both interchanges to accommodate ongoing
roadwork. There will continue to be construction activities in the
vicinity into next year.
Motorists are reminded to drive with caution in construction zones and
obey all signs, flag people and posted speed limits. Fines for speeding
are double when workers are present.
Highway 63 information and construction updates are available via
Twitter through @ABTransComm or #safe63 and on the Alberta
Transportation website, www.transportation.alberta.ca/4942.htm.
SOURCE: Government of Canada
For further information:
Media inquiries may be directed to:
Communications, Alberta Transportation
To call toll-free within Alberta, dial 310-0000.
Transport Canada, Ottawa