A spring start for the Highway 43X Bypass construction was confirmed this morning. Minister of Energy Marg McCuaig-Boyd was in Grande Prairie to reiterate the $54 million project and provide a few details. She says the investment is about traffic flow but also safety.
“When I used to work at the college, I would sit in the President’s office and watch all the big trucks coming along. We would talk about what-if scenarios because there is a lot of dangerous goods travelling that way. It will make it a lot safer and a lot more expedient for truck drivers”
They are still waiting on a few contracts to be signed but the area is shovel ready. Included in the construction plan is 12 kilometres of road as well as three bridges that would go over Bear Creek. It should take two years to complete.
Minister of Economic Development and Trade Deron Bilous addressed the Chamber on the budget and what the plan is for jobs. He says they are investing in infrastructure including schools and hospitals.
“Our agriculture and forestry sector rely heavily on our roads and bridges. Our government has committed to ensuring we can provide that infrastructure and get that product to market.”
He also spoke on Beaverlodge and investment into the hospital. There has been $1.5 million over two years put aside in the provincial budget.