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Cost-share for Hwy 3 twin would be touch sell

BY COLLIN GALLANT ON MARCH 6, 2020.


The head of the Highway 3 Twinning Association says his group is still considering the implications of a cost-sharing agreement announced last month that will see two northern Alberta counties help pay to twin a provincial highway near Grande Prairie.

That came before the release of the 2020-21 provincial budget that week that saw no movement in the 20-year-old effort to see the major route between Medicine Hat, Lethbridge and the Crowsnest Pass twinned.


In Grande Prairie, two counties will share the $120 million cost to separate Highway 40 and build a new major bridge in the area starting this year, though the terms or cost-split were not disclosed.


“We haven’t discussed it, but it’s not something that we would want to be a precedent,” said Bill Chapman, a councillor in Coaldale and head of the association that advocates for improving Highway 3 from Medicine Hat to the Crowsnest Pass.


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