Alberta construction workers were busy this year, having paved and widened nearly 1,500 kilometres of two-lane highways.
To put that into perspective, that’s more than the distance it takes to drive from Calgary to Winnipeg, Manitoba – a 13 hour, 1,327 kilometre trip.
The construction is a part of the Government of Alberta’s $29.5-billion Capital Plan, with $5 billion going towards highway improvements over four years.
For 2017-2018, $1.4 billion was budgeted for the 349 completed and still ongoing projects across the province, employing over 7,500 workers, according to a release from the government of Alberta.
“Our government is investing in key infrastructure to help strengthen the economy, support job-creation and improve the services Alberta families count on,” said Minister of Transportation Brian Mason, in the release.
“Our plan is working – our $1.4-billion investment in critical road, bridge and water infrastructure projects this year will support an estimated 4,400 good-paying construction jobs and 3,100 indirect jobs.”
The province estimates that more than 200 projects will be completed this year alone, with 129 carrying over to next year.
Get used to seeing those orange cones, Alberta!