If you're hitting the highways, make sure you know about the construction that's going on.  Highways 817, 901, and 24 will all be seeing work done for an extended period of time.

Acting Chief of Staff for the Minister of Transportation Hadyn Place explained in a written response that the work on Highway 817 could take some time.

"Construction on the upgrading of Highway 817 from the Bow River to North of the Junction of Highway 901 began on June 16, 2022 and is anticipated to be completed in late fall 2022/early spring 2023, contingent on weather," he said.

He added that the project has many components to it.

"(It) involves grading: reconstruction of 4 km of existing highway and realignment of approximately 5 km, various connecting roads and intersection, culverts and overhead lighting upgrades, new asphalt and concrete."

Highway 817 will be closed from south of Highway 24 to Highway 901 until the work is completed, so if you're travelling on this road expect a detour. 

"Local traffic will be accommodated through a detour: from Highway 817 head east on Highway 901, then south and west on Highway 24."

The project is contracted to Aecon Transportation West, and the total cost is estimated at approx. $25.6 million. For up to date road information, call 5-1-1 toll free, visit 511.alberta.ca or follow @511Alberta.

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