Bridg­ing the gap for heavy truck traf­fic

The McLeod River Post - - Points of View -

The Govern­ment of Al­berta is im­prov­ing ac­cess for trucks car­ry­ing heavy loads through ma­jor in­dus­trial ar­eas north of Ed­mon­ton.

Bud­get 2018 in­cludes a $90-mil­lion in­vest­ment in the High­way 38 bridge across the North Saskatchewan River, south of Red­wa­ter, that will be up­graded to carry heavy and over­sized loads. The new bridge will estab­lish a crit­i­cal link in Al­berta’s High Load Cor­ri­dor, sav­ing heav­ily loaded trucks about 200 kilo­me­tres of travel.

“This river cross­ing will save time and money as these crit­i­cal loads travel into and come out of our north­ern re­gions. The new bridge will be­come a ma­jor com­po­nent of the High Load Cor­ri­dor and will help the en­ergy sec­tor be­come more com­pet­i­tive.”

Brian Ma­son, Min­is­ter of Trans­porta­tion

“World-class in­fra­struc­ture for the move­ment of goods and ser­vices is crit­i­cal for cur­rent in­dus­try and for at­tract­ing new in­vest­ments for the diver­si­fi­ca­tion of Al­berta’s en­ergy econ­omy. Al­berta’s In­dus­trial Heart­land As­so­ci­a­tion is pleased that the Govern­ment of Al­berta is pri­or­i­tiz­ing this project and is in­vest­ing in key trans­porta­tion cor­ri­dors in Al­berta’s In­dus­trial Heart­land.”

Gale Katchur, mayor of Fort Saskatchewan and chair of Al­berta’s In­dus­trial Heart­land As­so­ci­a­tion

Al­berta Trans­porta­tion ex­pects plan­ning and de­sign to be­gin in 2018 and there will be ad­di­tional high­way im­prove­ments in the area as well.

Quick facts

• Ap­prox­i­mately 2,000 ve­hi­cles cross the High­way 38 bridge ev­ery day.

• In 2016, 401 heavy loads trav­elled through the ex­ist­ing High Load Cor­ri­dor, about 200 kilo­me­tres to the east.

• Car­ri­ers will save an av­er­age of $10,000 per trip com­pared to the ex­ist­ing route.

• The new struc­ture will be able to ac­com­mo­date loads of more than 200 tonnes.

• The project will sup­port 265 di­rect con­struc­tion jobs and 190 indi­rect jobs in associated in­dus­tries.

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