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COVID-19 has focused the public, business and government on solutions to mitigate the economic impact of this pandemic. An important part of the economic recovery of Southern Alberta is investment into vital infrastructure projects. The twinning of Highway 3 will help realize both short term goals, with the creation of much needed jobs in our province, and long-term goals, with the expansion of necessary trade infrastructure that will help to grow and facilitate trade with the transport of goods. 

“Highway 3 is a critical pipeline for moving commodities from processors to markets of which traffic is only set to increase over the next few years. Our Chamber has been working closely with the Highway 3 Twinning Development Association on this issue and we are in full support of their efforts,” stated Tracy Noullett, President of the Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce. “While we would eventually like to see the entire corridor twinned, there are certain sections of Highway 3 that are more easily and readily prepared for twinning.”

The four sections that the Highway 3 Twinning Development Association have identified that could be twinned most conveniently are as follows:

  • Hwy 3 Stage 1A in Fort MacLeod (shovel ready)
  • Taber to Burdett
  • Medicine Hat to Seven Persons 
  • Hwy 22/Lundbreck to Piikani Nation border

The policy Benefits of Twinning Highway 3 highlights the main benefits that accrue from twinning Highway 3 which include safety improvements, time savings for commercial and recreational travel, increased social and economic activities, tourism and agricultural needs. 

“Highway 3 Twinning Development Association has outlined many benefits that will create jobs and build up needed infrastructure for all sectors of the economy.  Our Association stands with the Medicine Hat Chamber of Commerce in their plea for this needed infrastructure.  The return on investment as outlined by the Chamber is enormous, and will truly assist in our economic recovery from COVID-19,” says President Bill Chapman of the Highway 3 Twinning Development Association.

There are new businesses expected to open in the 2019/2020 year including: Lethbridge Cavendish Expansion, Purple Springs Fertilizer Plant, Lundbreck Mining, and Foremost Wind Turbine, among others, which will not only greatly increase the amount of trucking on Highway 3 but also depend on reliable transportation for the success of their business.  The increase in traffic will also impact import and export through Southern Alberta, South-Eastern BC and US border crossings, which are already the second and third busiest in Canada.

 “As the provincial government is looking to invest in infrastructure projects to help aid the economic recovery from COVID-19, twinning sections of Highway 3 would have a greater return on investment than usual,” concluded Chamber of Commerce President Tracy Noullett. “We encourage the provincial government to consider the benefits of twinning sections of Highway 3 to support this vital link that encourages essential commerce and trade in Southern Alberta. Investing in this important piece of infrastructure in our region will assist our economic recovery from COVID-19 in the short term and help realize the potential of our economic growth in the long term.”

Please direct all media inquiries to:

Tracy Noullett, President

c/o Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce

(403) 527-5214 ext. 225

Bill Chapman, President

c/o Highway 3 Twinning Development Association

(403) 330-6791

The Chamber of Commerce is a member-driven, volunteer-led organization, proudly representing the interests of businesses in our region, and working diligently to stimulate a strengthened and vibrant economy through our connections, support and influence. For more than 115 years, the Chamber has stood for promoting business, monitoring government and championing managed growth in the local economy. The Chamber represents over 800 businesses in our region and is aligned with both the Alberta Chambers of Commerce (ACC), which represents over 25,000 businesses and the Canadian Chambers of Commerce (CCC), which represents over 200,000 businesses. With the largest and most influential business organizations locally, provincially and federally, the Chamber network is the most unified, valued and influential business network in Canada and works together to shape policy and programs that will make a difference to businesses in our region.

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