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Alberta Funds Highway 3 Study Update

The Government of Alberta is investing nearly $10,000 on an updated cost-benefit study related to twinning Highway 3.

Highway 3 mapAlberta Transportation will provide funding to the Highway 3 Twinning Development Association to update a 2002 Van Horne Institute study. That study examined the estimated cost of the twinning project and the economic benefits to the southeastern region if Highway 3 were twinned from Medicine Hat to the British Columbia border.

“Alberta’s transportation network is vital to our economy, facilitating trade and connecting people and communities. Highway 3 is a key piece of this network, and I’m pleased to bring this important study forward.”

Brian Mason, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure

Minister Mason came to Lethbridge in March and met with the Highway 3 Twinning Association at the request of the Chair of the committee and myself. I am thrilled to learn that in hearing their concerns about safety and congestion the Minister thoroughly reviewed the information and is now providing a one-time special funding to update the cost benefit study.”

Maria Fitzpatrick, MLA for Lethbridge-East

The money will go towards updating the data in the study to reflect today’s costs and economic benefits. Approximately 115 of the 325 kilometres of Highway 3 are twinned between Fort Macleod and Taber.

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