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Province, Feds Investing in Lakeland Highways

The government of Alberta and Ottawa are investing over 500 million dollars into road projects across the province, including several projects around the Lakeland region.

Highway 41 north of Bonnyville, Highway 657 in Kehewin and Highway 55 west of Cold Lake, will be replaced. There will also be upgrades to the intersection of Highway 660 and 882 North of Glendon.

The feds will be paying for 255 million of the bill while the province will be picking up 279.

“The Government of Canada’s investments in trade and transportation infrastructure will build stronger, more efficient transportation corridors to regional and international markets and help Canadian business to compete, grow, and create more jobs for Canada’s middle class,” said Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi in a news release. “These investments in highway infrastructure across Alberta will support economic growth and provide safer and more efficient transportation routes for Canadians.”

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Alberta Infrastructure Minister Brian Mason echoed those sentiments. “By working with our federal counterparts, we are able to do even more to improve highways, connect communities and enhance the movement of goods and services across Alberta. This joint investment supports nearly 100 road and bridge projects from Taber to Peace River and dozens of communities in between as we work to make lives better right across the province.”

Alberta Transportation’s four-year, 7-billion-dollar-plus Capital Plan includes over 5 billion for work on the province’s 31,400-kilometre provincial highway network.

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