It has been decades in coming, but the Province of Alberta will move forward on twinning a portion of Highway 3 in southern Alberta..

Premier Jason Kenney announced this morning a 46 kilometre stretch between Burdett and Taber is a go.

Kenney says hundreds of jobs will be created with this project

Kenney says, “This will create over 750 direct and indirect jobs.  It will make the Crowsnest (Highway) safer for the nearly four thousand people who drive this section everyday. It will boost the efficiency of transportation in the region, contributing to long term growth here in southern Alberta”

Highway 3 Twinning Development Association President Bill Chapman says it’s a day come true.

Chapman says twinning of the 46 kilometre stretch from Burdett to Taber is great first step.

Chapman explains, “Obviously, we do have the rest of the Highway 3 from Crowsnest Pass right through to Medicine Hat that we want to eventually get done.  But, we’ll take the small steps as they come.”

Preliminary work will get started immediately, with construction set to begin next spring.

The entire project is expected to take about three years to complete.

 

Premier Jason Kenney

Bill Chapman