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Investing in Alberta’s Highway Network

Budget 2020 focuses on maintaining and repairing Alberta’s roads and bridges, while making targeted investments to support economic development, safety and job creation across the province.

Over the next three years, a total of $5.7 billion will be invested in maintaining and repairing Alberta highways and supporting water management and flood recovery projects, along with various grant programs.

Approximately $1.17 billion will be put toward maintaining and improving the condition of Alberta’s existing highways and bridges. These investments will ensure Albertans can travel safely and efficiently and get the best value for their tax dollars by extending the lifespan of our highway network and reducing the need for expensive reconstruction in the future.

Budget 2020 also includes $2.3 billion for road and bridge construction projects across Alberta, including the Calgary and Edmonton Ring Roads, improvements to Deerfoot Trail in Calgary and other important projects, including continued twinning work on the Peace River Bridge.

“We have heard loud and clear that Albertans want us to focus on fixing our existing roads and bridges. At the same time, we need to think creatively about getting key projects built that boost the economic potential of regions across the province. Budget 2020 provides the public infrastructure that families and communities need by making targeted investments on projects that will create jobs and get Alberta’s economy back on track.”Ric McIver, Minister of Transportation

Government will focus on projects that grow the economy by creating jobs and promoting trade. This includes working with job creators and investors to find creative ways to fund new infrastructure projects that may not otherwise get built.

Quick facts

  • Budget 2020 includes:
    • $1.4 billion for the Calgary and Edmonton Ring Roads:
      • $1.36 billion for the Calgary Ring Road, including the southwest and west projects and upgrades to five kilometres of the northeast segment
      • $67 million for the southwest Anthony Henday Drive expansion  
    • $66 million for the east and west phases of the Highway 19 twinning project between the QEII and Highway 60
    • $10.5 million for the Highway 1A expansion within the Stoney Nakoda First Nation, between Cochrane and Canmore
    • $34.5 million for continued work on the Peace River Bridge twinning project
    • Funding for the twinning of Highway 40, which is estimated to cost between $100 and $120 million
  • $109.9 million is identified for improvements to Deerfoot Trail in Calgary, with $99.7 million in future years.
  • Alberta has a vast provincial highway network that includes more than 31,400 kilometres of highways (equivalent to nearly 64,000 lane kilometres) and nearly 4,600 bridges, overpasses and culverts.
  • Almost 28,000 kilometres are paved roads and almost 2,500 kilometres are four- and six-lane divided highways.

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