October 20th, 2020

Province announces funds for area highway paving

By Mabell, Dave on November 19, 2019.

Dave Mabell

Lethbridge Herald


While an improved pedestrian crossing on Scenic Drive North was the only project announced for the city, Alberta Transportation will be re-paving some highways near Lethbridge.

More detailed plans released since the 2019-20 budget was dropped also show several rural crossing upgrades.

On Highway 3, officials say, 15 kilometres of new asphalt will be laid in the Taber area and another 36 km east of Grassy Lake.

Elsewhere along the Crowsnest Highway, design work will begin for traffic signals in the Pass communities and for wildlife protection near Lundbreck. About $8 million is being earmarked for a wildlife underpass and fencing.

North on Highway 2, bridge deck rehabilitation projects are set for the Willow Creek and Lethbridge Northern Irrigation District crossings between Granum and Fort Macleod.

And paving crews will upgrade an eight-km section of Highway 23 south from the Highway 23/24 junction north of Vulcan.

Officials say design work will also begin for 10 km of repaving for Highway 4 near Lethbridge, for 19 km of Highway 5 repaving between Magrath and Spring Coulee, and between the Nanton and Claresholm links to Highway 22, the “Cowboy Trail” through the Chain Lakes area.

And in southeastern Alberta, transportation officials say they plan to continue widening about 15 km of narrow Highway 61 between Etzikom and Orion at an expected cost of $13 million.

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