Alberta sanctions $100m for road project

WCN Editorial Team 21 Apr 2016 NORTH AMERICA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

The state government of Alberta, Canada, has approved $100m of funding for the upgrade of the Queen Elizabeth II Highway interchange with Gaetz Avenue in Red Deer.

The project is aimed to improve traffic flow and safety for travelers, local residents and businesses.

According to advice from the former Bank of Canada governor David Dodge, Alberta has undertaken a $34.8bn plan to build and upgrade critical infrastructure, including roads, schools and hospitals.

As per the most recent figures, every day 42,000 vehicles travel on the QEII in both directions at the existing interchange.

Alberta’s premier Rachel Notley said: "Alberta families and businesses deserve safe, modern and efficient roads, highways and bridges. In the past when oil prices fell, governments slashed funding for infrastructure.

"Albertans paid the price for these short-sighted cuts in longer commutes and lost opportunity. We will not repeat those mistakes.

"Our Alberta Jobs Plan moves Alberta forward with significant investments in critical infrastructure that will create jobs and build a more resilient economy."

Construction work is scheduled to be completed in 2019, in time for Red Deer to host the Canada Winter Games.

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