Alberta provincial transportation update

Alberta Transportation

The trucking industry plays a vital role in Alberta’s economy, providing Albertans with he goods and services they need and helping to create jobs and foster development Alberta’s more than 31,000-km highway network is a key component to facilitating this critical sector.

As part of the Government of Alberta’s $29.5-billion Capital Plan, more than $7 billion is being invested in highway and municipal infrastructure to improve safe travel on our highways, connect communities and foster economic growth in our province.

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The 100-year Highways journey
Source: Government of Saskatchewan website

The Government of Saskatchewan is proud to announce that this year marks the 100th anniversary of the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure.

“We’ve come a long way in the last one hundred years; from building roads with a horse and scraper, to asphalt pavement, and now to overpasses and highways with 25,000 vehicles per day,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister David Marit said. “During the last century we’re pleased to have had the privilege of employing thousands of professional men and women who have had excellent careers working with the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure.”

In 1917, The Highways Act came into effect, which ceased the existence of the Board of Highway Commissioners and gave birth to a new ministry – the Department of Highways. Things were different back then – William M. Martin was Premier, there were horse-drawn buggies on the road, ferry operators were paid $3 per day and the equipment used to build and maintain highways was much different.

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Manitoba makes improvements to its facility audit program
Blaine Pedersen, Minister of Manitoba Infrastructure

The trucking industry plays a vital role in Canada’s economy. Manitoba Infrastructure continues to make important changes to improve the competitiveness of our province’s trucking industry.

The most recent change involves Manitoba’s facility audit program. Improvements to the facility audit program bring Manitoba in line with other provinces and remove barriers for inter-jurisdictional carriers transporting goods within and throughout Manitoba.

The changes introduce a more hands-on approach for Manitoba Infrastructure’s Motor Carrier Division staff to work collaboratively with carriers to improve their safety performance if they do not pass a facility audit.
A government review found that these changes would improve road safety, and enhance economic opportunities for safe carriers. Audit improvements will also allow Manitoba to better monitor carriers that fail a facility audit. Manitoba’s trucking industry expressed interest in this important change

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