Ledcor wins contract to twin Highway 3 in Alberta

The contract is the first part of an eight-phase project to upgrade the route.

Twinning Highway 3 Alberta

Alberta officials visit Medicine Hat to announce Highway 3 twinning plans.

Key Takeaways:

  • Ledcor will twin 46 km of Highway 3 between the town of Taber and the hamlet of Burdett.
  • It is the first of eight phases to twin the route.
  • Construction will begin in spring 2024, with completion anticipated in 2025.

The Whole Story:

Ledcor has been awarded the first contract to begin twinning Highway 3. 

Highway 3 is a vital economic corridor and east-west link, and the first section of the highway being twinned sees approximately 3,900 vehicles per day. Through $179.7 million in provincial funding, this first phase will twin Highway 3 between the town of Taber and the hamlet of Burdett. The contract for the 46-kilometre project was awarded to Ledcor Highways Ltd.

“Highway 3 is a key economic corridor in southern Alberta between Saskatchewan and British Columbia, south of the Trans-Canada Highway. It is critical infrastructure for Alberta’s growing agri-business industry and will enhance tourism and improve safety in the region as well,” said Devin Dreeshen, minister of transportation and economic corridors

Pre-construction work, including acquiring the right of way and relocating utilities, is underway and is scheduled for completion this year. Construction will begin in spring 2024, with completion anticipated in 2025. The project is expected to support 755 jobs.

“I am excited to see this important project get underway. Twinning this stretch of Highway 3 is critical to supporting jobs, growth and the agri-food processing corridor in the region,” said Grant Hunter, MLA for Taber-Warner. “This project has been a priority of mine and I want to thank Minister Dreeshen for his commitment to twinning this vital east-west link.”

Twinning Highway 3 from border to border will be completed in eight phases to limit costs and minimize disruption to people and businesses along the route. The other seven sections of the project are in various phases, including consultation, planning and design, land acquisition, environmental assessment, engineering or contract tendering.

“This is great news for our association members and municipalities all along the agri-food corridor, in addition to all southern Albertans who will be ecstatic when dirt begins to move next spring,” said Bill Chapman, president, Highway 3 Twinning Development Association. “Our association extends our thanks to Premier Danielle Smith and Devin Dreeshen, minister of Transportation and Economic Corridors, for your commitment to this vital project.”

The eight phases of the project include:

  • Phase 1, 46 kilometres – twin Highway 3 between Taber and Burdett
  • Phase 2, 10 kilometres – Highway 3X/Coleman Bypass
  • Phase 3, 15 kilometres – east of Seven Persons to Medicine Hat
  • Phase 4, 47 kilometres – Blairmore to east of Highway 6 at Pincher Creek
  • Phase 5, 28 kilometres – east of Bow Island to east of Seven Persons
  • Phase 6, 23 kilometres – east of Burdett to east of Bow Island
  • Phase 7, 38 kilometres – Pincher Creek to west of Fort Macleod
  • Phase 8, eight kilometres – Alberta/B.C. border to Highway 3X


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