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    Default Final twinning of Highway 43

    Final twinning of Highway 43 set to start next month


    http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/...026/story.html

    EDMONTON - The final stretch of twinned and divided highway to Grande Prairie is expected to be complete in 2014, the province announced Tuesday.

    It signed a $78-million contract with Petrowest Construction LP to finish the final 20 kilometres of the 432-kilometre four-lane stretch of Highway 43 from Grande Prairie to the junction of Highway 16 west of Edmonton. Sturgeon Lake Council chose the construction company as part of a partnership with the government.

    The construction of new highway lanes is scheduled to start in February with completion expected next fall.
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    Good. And maybe when they're done that they can put Hwy 63 on the priority list as they have been dragging their asses for years.

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    I drove to Fort St John today, highway 43's twinning between Edmonton and Grande Prairie is finally done!
    The section west of Valleyview is still 80 km/hr for about 10 Km as they are paving approaches and doing the finishing touches but it's 4 lanes all the way.
    In another development on this road, they've started the rebuild of the south Taylor hill. This is easily the worst stretch of roadway that I know of in Western Canada, the only comparable stretch is the Sikanni Chief River crossing further north on the same hwy.
    If you've ever driven that hill at night in a blizzard you truly understand what "white knuckle" really means.
    The work should take at least a year, if you're adventurous there is a least one more winter of fun to be had.

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    It's great to see that Highway 43 is no longer a killer highway. Hopefully, Highway 63 to Fort McMurray will have more twinned sections opened by winter.
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    Having lost a girlfriend on that road many years ago when it was a killer highway, glad to see Hwy 43 twinning finally completed. Now they just have the 43X bypasses around Whitecourt and Grande Prairie to to do. And last time I checked on the AB Transportation website, I think they're also looking bypassing Valleyview and an interchange with Hwy 49.
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    It looks like they've stopped working on the Gr Prairie bypass, no activity for at least a year.
    They also dropped the speed limit in Valleyview, it's now 70 km/hr through town.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ralph60 View Post
    In another development on this road, they've started the rebuild of the south Taylor hill. This is easily the worst stretch of roadway that I know of in Western Canada, the only comparable stretch is the Sikanni Chief River crossing further north on the same hwy.
    If you've ever driven that hill at night in a blizzard you truly understand what "white knuckle" really means.
    The work should take at least a year, if you're adventurous there is a least one more winter of fun to be had.
    Where is Taylor Hill? I tried a Google search, but came up empty handed. There are a few valleys on 43 that have pretty sketchy approaches in my opinion. Especially for a 110 km/h speed limit.

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    ^ On BC Hwy 97 between Dawson Creek and Fort St. John.
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    The hill goes down into the Peace River Valley at Taylor BC, just south of Ft St John.
    There are some pretty good videos of driving the hill on Youtube, just search "South Taylor Hill".

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    Good to see that the twinning in the Sturgeon Lake IR will be finished up - finally. It's crazy how much the traffic would get bottlenecked onto that last remaining 2-lane stretch for something about 50 km and because of that, the speed would drop by about half. Not to mention potentially dangerous, because there were a lot of houses right by the highway within the reserve.

    As for the Hwy 43X bypass in GP, I don't think they'll leave it unfinished for way too long, especially as the city of GP is still growing rapidly, and so is the local traffic. But it's still in the design stages and is not in the current three-year highway construction program.
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    https://www.transportation.alberta.ca/5932.htm

    Grande Prairie Bypass
    Design is complete and construction is underway to complete the bypass around Grande Prairie on Highway 43X at an estimated cost of $48 million. This project, which is expected to take two years, will help alleviate traffic on Highway 43 through the city of Grande Prairie. It will reduce congestion and improve traffic flow and safety for travellers, local residents and businesses.
    A portion of the bypass was previously constructed from the intersection of Highway 43/Highway 2 west to 116 Street. This project completes the remaining 12 kilometres from 116 Street to Richmond Hill (Highway 43 west of Grande Prairie).
    Location: Highway 43X, from the Junction of Highway 43/Highway 2 to Richmond Hill (Highway 43 west of Grande Prairie).
    Description: The construction of Highway 43X from west of 116 Street (RR 63) to Highway 43 at Richmond Hill, approximately 12.1 kilometres, will complete the City of Grande Prairie bypass.

    Construction on the four lane divided highway will include among other work:
    • grading
    • granular base course
    • paving
    • intersection improvements – Highway 43X/116th Street, Highway 43X/Highway 43 at Richmond Hill
    • bridge structures
    • bridge culverts
    • service roads

    Three bridges will cross the Bear Creek, two on Highway 43X and one on Township Rd 722.
    Schedule: Design is complete and construction is underway.
    Consultant: AECOM
    Contractor: Greenfield Construction Ltd.
    Contract Value: $39 million
    For more information contact: Allen Spinney, P.Eng., Construction Engineer, Alberta Transportation at: [email protected]



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    Why is this called 43X, shouldn't it, as the primary highway be 43?

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    ^ It may yet be. When the Yellowhead Trail route was first constructed north of Spruce Grove and Stony Plain, it was designated 16X because the old highway that ran through Spruce Grove (now known as Hwy 16A) was labeled Hwy 16. Eventually 16 was renamed 16A, and 16X became 16.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGreatestX View Post
    Why is this called 43X, shouldn't it, as the primary highway be 43?
    AT usually designates spur routes as X, like 22X in Calgary. That means the road does not eventually reconnect with the parent highway. Future bypasses are also given the suffix X, like 3X that is the planned bypass for Lethbridge. In this case, 43X was named as such because it was the bypass around Grande Prairie. The actual construction was staged and the current road leads to nowhere, i.e. it is a spur route. It will be designated as 43 proper when the bypass is complete.
    Last edited by Foolworm; 25-04-2017 at 07:27 AM.

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    Awesome. I would have never known. Thanks
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    That's a great way to spend $48 million (not sarcasm). Nice to see us in the home stretch for finishing the CANAMEX Corridor through the province. Lethbridge and Fort Macleod bypasses together will be likely over a billion and are much more daunting projects.

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