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Highway 686 extension to link northern Alberta from Peerless Lake to Fort McMurray – CFWE

May 1, 2023

Three First Nations signed an agreement to join the provincial government in extending Highway 686 by 218 km to connect Peerless Lake to Fort McMurray. The announcement was made in Red Earth Creek on Thursday.

This project connects Loon River First Nation, Peerless Trout First Nation, and Bigstone Cree Nation with Fort McMurray, and the highway will also connect the Wood Buffalo region with the northeastern part of Alberta.

As it stands, a driver from Grande Prairie would have to travel down through Athabasca, then up Highway 63 to reach Fort McMurray, adding more hours to their trip, but that is set to change.

Devin Dreeshen, Minister of Transportation and Economic Corridors, spoke at a conference at Red Earth Creek, saying that agreement includes “a $2 million commitment from the Government of Alberta to support the First Nations. That funding will go to these three nations.”

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