Alberta Highway 63
|Length:||443 km (275 mi)|
|South end:||Hwy 28 / Hwy 829 southwest of Radway|
| Hwy 18
|North end:||North of Fort MacKay|
|Thorhild County, Athabasca County, Lac La Biche County, Wood Buffalo R.M.|
|Major cities:||Fort McMurray|
Alberta Provincial Highway No. 63 is a north–south highway in northern Alberta, Canada. In the south, Highway 63 begins at its intersection with Highway 28 approximately 6 km (3.7 mi) southwest of Radway, passing through Boyle and Fort McMurray before ending approximately 16 km (9.9 mi) north of its second crossing of the Athabasca River near Fort MacKay.
Much of Highway 63 passes through boreal forest, although aspen parkland and farmland is predominant as far as Wandering River. The highway also passes through the Athabasca Oil Sands between Fort McMurray and Fort MacKay.
From its terminus to Fort McMurray, the highway is designated as a core route of Canada's National Highway System.
Highway 63 has seen an increasingly high volume of traffic due to the growing oilsands industry in the Regional Municipality of Wood, included in which is the oil centre of Fort McMurray, which has led to serious transportation-related problems. Trucks carrying large equipment can cause traffic delays, since they can be large enough to occupy two traffic lanes. Until 2016, most of the highway was a two-lane undivided roadway, with the exception of approximately 55 km (34 mi) from south of its intersection with Highway 881 through Fort McMurray to south of Fort MacKay. It is also the only road leading out of Fort McMurray, which makes it a critical link to the growing community.
After years of both public and political pressure, the provincial government announced in February 2006 that it would begin twinning the entire two-lane portion of the highway to a four-lane divided standard from Atmore to just south of Fort McMurray. The twinning began in 2006 and was estimated to take at least five years to complete.
As of October 2009, the twinning of approximately 16 km (9.9 mi) of this 240 km (150 mi) corridor had been completed, with another 16 km (9.9 mi) expected to be graded by fall 2011. In October 2012, it was announced the remaining portion of Highway 63 between Grassland and Fort McMurray will be twinned by the end of 2016 and 36 km (22 mi) of twinned highway opened near Wandering River on November 5, 2012. Interchanges within Fort McMurray at Confederation Way and Thickwood Boulevard were completed in the Fall 2013.
Between 2001 and 2005, over 1,000 crashes occurred on Highway 63 in which 25 people were killed and 257 others were injured.
|Thorhild County||0||Begins at Highway 28 and Highway 829 near Radway|
|13||Intersects with Highway 18 and Highway 656|
|34||Intersects with Highway 661 at Newbrook|
|Athabasca County||64||Intersects with Highway 663
Highway 663 concurrency begins
|Village of Boyle||73||Intersects with Highway 663
Highway 663 concurrency ends
|74||Intersects with Highway 831|
|Athabasca County||89||Intersects with Highway 55 westbound, begins multiplex|
|112||Intersects with Highway 55 eastbound near Atmore, ends multiplex|
|156||Passes Wandering River|
|Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo||250||Passes Mariana Lake|
|336||Intersects with Highway 881|
|352||Intersects with Highway 69, enters Fort McMurray|
|362||Crosses Athabasca River|
|365||Leaves Fort McMurray|
|412||Intersects with Fort MacKay Access Road|
|413||Crosses Athabasca River|
|429||Terminates north of Fort MacKay|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
- Provincial Highways Designation Order, Alberta Transportation, p. 9
- Alberta Government announcement
- Government of Alberta - Infrastructure project
- The Oil Sands Developers Group- Transportation Fact Sheet: October 2009.
- Alberta Transportation- Highway 63 twinning will resume: March 2010.
- "Highway 63 twinning fast-tracked for fall 2016 completion". Government of Alberta. 2012-10-19. Retrieved 2012-10-19.
- "Newly-twinned Highway 63 section north of Wandering River opens today". Government of Alberta. 2012-11-05. Retrieved 2012-11-05.
- "Highway 63 twinning update - countdown to 2016". Alberta Government. April 19, 2013. Retrieved October 17, 2013.
- "Multi-vehicle crash on Highway 63 kills 2". CBC News. 2008-03-29. Retrieved 2011-01-01.
- 2010 Provincial Highways 1 - 216 Series Progress Chart (map, 8 MB) by Alberta Transportation.