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Ledcor Highways awarded $179.7 million contract for Highway 3 twinning project

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Ledcor Highways awarded $179.7 million contract for Highway 3 twinning project

EDMONTON – The Alberta government has awarded a $179.7 million contract to Ledcor Highways Ltd. To work on a four-kilometre twinning project on Highway 3 between the town of Taber and the hamlet of Burdett.

Pre-construction work, including acquiring the right of way and relocating utilities, is underway and will be completed this year, an Alberta government release stated. Construction will begin in spring 2024, with completion anticipated in 2025. 

“Highway 3 is a key economic corridor in southern Alberta between Saskatchewan and British Columbia, south of the Trans-Canada Highway. It is critical infrastructure for Alberta’s growing agri-business industry and will enhance tourism and improve safety in the region as well,” said Alberta Minister of Transportation and Economic Dorridors Devin Dreeshen in a statement.

Twinning the entire highway from border to border will take place in eight phases in order to limit costs and minimize disruption, the release said, and the other seven sections of the project are in different phases including consultation, planning and design, land acquisition, environmental assessment, engineering or contract tendering.

The eight phases of the project include:

  • Phase 1, 46 kilometres – twin Highway 3 between Taber and Burdett
  • Phase 2, 10 kilometres – Highway 3X/Coleman Bypass
  • Phase 3, 15 kilometres – east of Seven Persons to Medicine Hat
  • Phase 4, 47 kilometres – Blairmore to east of Highway 6 at Pincher Creek
  • Phase 5, 28 kilometres – east of Bow Island to east of Seven Persons
  • Phase 6, 23 kilometres – east of Burdett to east of Bow Island
  • Phase 7, 38 kilometres – Pincher Creek to west of Fort Macleod
  • Phase 8, eight kilometres – Alberta/B.C. border to Highway 3X

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