The Alberta government recently announced that the 46 kilometre twinning of Highway 3 between Taber and Burdett will see shovels in the ground later this spring. A report done by PricewaterhouseCoopers provided an economic analysis on the added benefits that the twinning will have.
Bill Chapman, the president of the Highway 3 Twinning Development Association says the work will have a huge economic impact in southern Alberta.
“This report is certainly exciting news for not only southern Alberta, but for the whole province. In fact, the PricewaterhouseCoopers report analyzes that the economic impact to Alberta will be about $1.3 billion in GDP, which is really exciting because we’ve known all along that for every dollar that the provincial government would put in- invest into construction of Highway 3, there would be at least a three dollar return in economic development. So we’re pleased that the government has seen that vision and wants to move forward with that project.”
In 2020, the section from Taber to Burdett was approved for twinning through funding from the provincial government. Construction was planned to begin in 2021 with a cost of approximately $150 million for road work.