Alberta Highway 63
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Alberta Provincial Highway No. 63 is a north–south highway in northern Alberta, Canada. In the south, Highway 63 begins at its intersection with Highway 28 approximately 6 km (3.7 mi) southwest of Radway, passing through Boyle and Fort McMurray before ending approximately 16 km (9.9 mi) north of its second crossing of the Athabasca River near Fort MacKay.
Much of Highway 63 passes through boreal forest, although aspen parkland and farmland is predominant as far as Wandering River. The highway also passes through the Athabasca Oil Sands between Fort McMurray and Fort MacKay.
Highway 63 sees an increasingly high volume of traffic due to the growing oilsands industry in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, causing potentially serious transportation-related problems. Trucks carrying large equipment can cause traffic delays, since they can be large enough to occupy two traffic lanes. Most of the highway is two-lane undivided highway, with the exception of approximately 55 km (34 mi) from south of its intersection with Highway 881 through Fort McMurray to south of Fort MacKay. It is also the only all-weather road leading out of Fort McMurray, which makes it a critical link to the growing community.
After years of both public and political pressure, the provincial government has announced in February 2006 that it would begin twinning the entire two-lane portion of the highway to a four-lane divided standard from Atmore to just south of Fort McMurray. The twinning began in 2006 and was estimated to take at least five years to complete.
As of October 2009, the twinning of approximately 16 km (9.9 mi) of this 240 km (150 mi) corridor had been completed, with another 16 km (9.9 mi) expected to be graded by fall 2011. In October 2012, it was announced the remaining portion of Highway 63 between Grassland and Fort McMurray will be twinned by the end of 2016 and 36 km (22 mi) of twinned highway opened near Wandering River on November 5, 2012.
- ^ Provincial Highways Designation Order, Alberta Transportation, p. 9
- ^ Alberta Government announcement
- ^ Government of Alberta – Infrastructure project
- ^ The Oil Sands Developers Group- Transportation Fact Sheet: October 2009.
- ^ Alberta Transportation- Highway 63 twinning will resume: March 2010.
- ^ “Highway 63 twinning fast-tracked for fall 2016 completion”. Government of Alberta. 2012-10-19. Retrieved 2012-10-19.
- ^ “Newly-twinned Highway 63 section north of Wandering River opens today”. Government of Alberta. 2012-11-05. Retrieved 2012-11-05.