The Highway 15 bridge twinning is years away, but excitement is building.
Transportation minister Brian Mason met Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville MLA Jessica Littlewood in the Fort on Tuesday (Nov.13) to give an update on the future bridge construction.
Construction will hopefully start in the summer of 2019. The design phase is almost finished and the project will go out to tender thereafter.
"Traffic counts to trigger this study happened 20 years ago. The progress that we've been able to make in the last three years has been really substantial," said Littlewood.
A price tag on the bridge over the North Saskatchewan River tops $200 million. It will take about three years to complete.
"The bridge does present safety concerns for our residents. We have seen traffic fatalities in that area which are entirely tragic."
Twinning of Highway 15 from Fort Saskatchewan to Edmonton is also a work in progress and a part of the provinces original $300 million plan in 2017.