Highway 63 Twinning Projects
As the main artery for travel to Fort McMurray, AB Highway 63 is a busy thoroughfare and lucrative market for road work professionals. After much public pressure and planning, the Government of Alberta is moving forward with multiple projects for maintaining and twinning this roadway, aiming to both increase safety and improve traffic flow. During 2014 and early 2015, E Construction Ltd. was awarded five contracts for construction on the important roadway, three of which are already underway.
The first is the Highway 63 Mariana Lake Twinning Project which offers E Construction Ltd. an opportunity to twin a busy 25 km section of the roadway. Some of the work involved includes: 6.5 million cubic meters of grading to construct the new lanes, over 550,000 tonnes of granular base course to be placed (to support the super-loads that travel the highway daily) and over 120,000 tonnes of asphalt concrete pavement. The construction on this project commenced in 2014 and the twinned roadway is scheduled to open to the public in 2016.
E Construction Ltd.’s second project on Highway 63 is the Parsons Creek Interchange within the City of Fort McMurray. To keep up with the explosive growth rate in the city and surrounding oilsands projects, the construction of a major highway interchange was viewed as a necessity to allow access for the expansions. E Construction Ltd. is doing both the granular base course and asphalt concrete pavement portions for this project. During the 2014 construction season, we had to utilize two asphalt plants and crews, working side by side, in order to have traffic moved to the new alignment. By meeting this milestone, the grading and bridge contractors were able to continue progress during the winter months. This project is scheduled for completion in 2016.
Last but certainly not least, is the Highway 63 Fort Hills Access Road. Our company was selected to extend Highway 63 an additional 17.2 km north of Fort Mackay, in preparation for forecasted traffic volumes to the oilsands development in the area. The remoteness of the project provided some environmental challenges as black bear sightings were frequent, so extra care was taken both at the project site and the camp to disturb our temporary neighbours as little as possible. This project has been completed and traffic is moving safely along the newly paved roadway.