A study says twinning Highway 3 here in southern Alberta could bring in around $1.5 billion in GDP to the Alberta economy. The analysis by Price Waterhouse Coopers says the project would also create thousands of jobs throughout the construction phase.
“With the numbers of jobs that are being spoken to, about 1,200 jobs. Of course, we know that this will be over a ten year period of construction time, and we hope to see shovels in the ground next spring, as indicated by Premier and Minister of Transportation Devon Dreeshen. We’re optimistic, of course, and we definitely know that this is really something that commuters and, of course, the transportation industry have really been looking for, for so many years,” said Bill Chapman, President of Highway 3 Twinning Development Association.
Government officials say the twinning of Highway 3 will be a costly endeavor, with the stretch of Taber to Burdett costing taxpayers around $150 million.