Cold Lake Highway Twinning: Northern Alberta's Highway 28 Just As Dangerous As Highway 63, Mayor argues

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Craig Copeland in Cold Lake says increasing traffic is making Highway 28 just as dangerous as the notorious Highway 63, a road with a high collision rate that is currently being twinned. | Shutterstock

COLD LAKE, Alta. -- The mayor of a northeastern Alberta community is calling on the province to twin another busy highway leading into the bustling energy patch.

Craig Copeland in Cold Lake says increasing traffic is making Highway 28 just as dangerous as the notorious Highway 63, a road with a high collision rate that is currently being twinned.

Copeland says at the very least, the government should build passing lanes and repave sections of the 300 kilometres between Cold Lake and Edmonton.

Alberta Transportation says the province recently pitched in nearly $26 million to twin the highway within Cold Lake's boundaries, but there are currently no plans to extend the project.

Jeanna Friedley, a department spokeswoman, says Highway 28 carries about 5,000 vehicles a day, but twinning would normally only be looked at when the volume reaches 10,000 to 12,000 a day.

The province is currently working with the Sturgeon Cree First Nation to complete twinning of Highway 43 from Grande Prairie to the junction with Highway 16, with the opening scheduled for the fall of 2014.

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