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Province to wrap up major 63 projects by end of year

Tonight, the province is installing traffic cameras at the Thickwood Interchange.

From midnight to 4AM eastbound traffic lanes on the bridge will be closed, and northbound traffic will go to Confed.

The cameras will join cameras already in place at Supertest and will detect traffic snarl-ups, help emergency response, and be available to the public through 511.alberta.ca.

From mid-September to early October there will be some traffic disruptions to complete the Thickwood Interchange, but there will continue to be 4 lanes on 63.

In that time frame, for about 2 weeks, traffic out of Thickwood heading downtown will be forced to use either Confederation Way, or will have to travel to Hospital Street and turn into downtown from there.

It’s because southbound traffic is being split so work can be done on the Athabasca Bridge.

If you go onto 63 from the Thickwood Interchange, you go straight to the Stienhauer Bridge, straight to the Hospital Street Interchange.

If you go from Confed Interchange you go over Athabasca Bridge and can turn left at Hardin and Morrison Street.

Confederation Way will have some progress as well.

Starting September 6th, lasting to mid-September people going to 63 will use the lights, but all traffic from 63 to Confed will use the interchange.

This is so crews can work on the permanent connection linking Confed to 63.

63’s six-laning from north of the Athabasca Bridge to north of Confederation Way will be worked on throughout the Fall and should be done by the end of the year.

Work will disrupt traffic in stages, but a minimum of 2 lanes in each direction will be open at all times.

Through September and October, 2 southbound lanes of the rebuilt Steinhauer Bridge will be opened while the Athabasca Bridge will carry two northbound lanes.

This is while construction finishes the bridge tie-ins.

August 28th, 2013