Prentice says twinning of Alberta’s “Death Highway” on track for 2016

Alberta Premier Jim Prentice says twinning of Alberta’s “Death Highway” to Fort McMurray will be done as promised by the fall of 2016.

EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Jim Prentice says twinning of Alberta’s “Death Highway” to Fort McMurray will be done as promised by the fall of 2016.

Prentice told an audience in the oilsands city that it’s critical to make Highway 63 safer for drivers and to promote growth in and accessibility to Alberta’s oilsands industry.

More than 20 per cent of the 240-kilometre-long project has been completed.

The road has become known for the high number of crashes in recent years as oilsands development skyrocketed.

The Progressive Conservative government had promised to twin the highway in 2006, but little was done until former premier Alison Redford made it a priority in 2012.

Redford quit politics this year in a scandal over spending, and neither her name nor her contribution to the project was mentioned in the announcement.