After a two-day trip to Wood Buffalo, Alberta Transportation Minister Ric McIver is returning to the legislature with feedback and suggestions on dozens of proposed local transit projects.
But citing cost restraints and the volume of other suggested projects across Alberta, McIver was not able to promise any of the suggested local projects would get funding in the province’s upcoming budget.
During a Wednesday interview, McIver said the main projects he heard about from Mayor Don Scott and councillors include the construction of the East Clearwater Highway. If built, it wouldform a secondary route between Anzac and Fort McKay, running parallel to Highway 63.
In July, council approved to begin lobbying the provincial and federal governments for support on the project.
At the time, Scott argued the highway offers a route for dangerous goods around the city, gives emergency crews more options to move people during an evacuation and creates a natural fire break.