By Lethbridge Herald on July 2, 2020.
The Province announced that it will be twinning a 46-kilometre stretch of Highway 3 between Taber and Burdett.
The twinning project will support about 755 jobs and will drive economic recovery and diversification in southern Alberta. Twinning Highway 3 will improve safety along this increasingly busy portion of the highway.
“The twinning of Highway 3, between Taber and Burdett, will not only increase safety in the movement of goods, services and people but it will also be a major infrastructure tool in helping establish this busy corridor as the agri-food hub of Canada,” said Taber-Warner MLA Grant Hunter in a press release.
Highway 3 is a vital east-west link, and is the major connector between Saskatchewan and British Columbia, south of the Trans-Canada Highway.
Designed to improve long-term productivity, the Highway 3 twinning project is part of the more than $10-billion infrastructure spending announced as part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan.
“We need to build, diversify and create jobs following the largest financial hit in Alberta’s history. These projects lay the foundation for the private sector to create thousands of well-paying jobs for workers while creating many spinoff benefits for Alberta — including making communities more attractive to businesses looking to relocate. A strong highway network is vital to create jobs, spur economic growth and get Alberta back on track to economic recovery and growth,” said Premier Jason Kenney in a press release.
Construction on the project is set to begin in 2021 and is expected to take about three years tot complete. In addition to twinning, there will be key intersection improvements, in particular at Highway 877 at Grassy Lake.
Government of Alberta press release