August 14, 2015 8:42 pm

Alberta Highway 63 road closures will halt traffic Monday morning

The driving route from Calgary to Fort McMurray, along Highway 63.

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CALGARY – If you’re planning to drive from anywhere in southern Alberta to Fort McMurray, you can expect significant delays on Highway 63 starting Monday morning.

Alberta Transportation said Friday there would be highway closures and delays at the 11 to 63-km markers of Highway 63 “to allow transition to a new twinned section.”

A complete shutdown of the highway in both directions is expected to take 30 minutes at 11 a.m. on Monday.

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“Traffic will be stopped at all intersection locations within the project, including in the hamlet of Wandering River, and at the north and south transition locations at kilometre 11 and kilometre 63,” said a government statement.

The closure is weather permitting. Drivers are asked to watch for a lane closure on the northbound section of the highway from the 63-km mark to the 99-km marker as crews start second-stage paving.

The speed limit will increase from 100 km/h to 110 km/h for the whole section of highway except through the hamlet of Wandering River. After the twinned section is open, there will be temporary southbound lane closures for safety improvement work, with speed reductions to 80 km/h for up to two weeks.

Motorists are reminded that fines for speeding are doubled in construction zones. For up-to-date road information visit or call 511 toll free.

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