Saskatchewan Highway 956
|Garson Lake Road|
|Length||44 km (27 mi)|
|Existed||1999 – present|
Alberta border, near Garson Lake|
Winter road continues west
|East end||Hwy 155 near La Loche|
|Northern Administration District|
Highway 956 is meant to connect the community of La Loche to Fort McMurray, Alberta. Beyond the Alberta border, the same route continues west as a 65-km winter road to Alberta Highway 881, about 25 km south of Anzac, Alberta and about 75 km south of Fort McMurray.
- Construction began in 1986 and completed in 1999.
- In 1999, as part of the Saskatchewan provincial budget, a project was begun to gravel 30 km of Highway 956.
- In September 2005, to celebrate the centennials of Saskatchewan and Alberta, Saskatchewan Premier Lorne Calvert and Alberta Premier Ralph Klein announced a project costing $45 million to connect La Loche and Fort McMurray with an all-season road. The premiers explained that this would create economic and recreational opportunities, as well as improved access to services and schools.
- A crushing project and two clearing projects had been initiated by the time the 2006-2007 Saskatchewan Mid-Year Report was released. They were expected to be completed by the end of 2006.
- By May 2006, work began on improving Highway 956 as a joint project by the Alberta and Saskatchewan governments to connect La Loche and Fort McMurray.
- MapArt (2007). Saskatchewan Road Atlas (Map) (2007 ed.). 1:540,000. Oshawa, ON: Peter Heiler Ltd. p. 4. ISBN 1-55368-020-0.
- "History of La Loche (Garson Lake Road)". Retrieved 2012-10-18.
- "PROVINCIAL BUDGET ADDRESSES NORTHERN PRIORITIES - Government of Saskatchewan". March 29, 1999. Retrieved 2007-07-06.
- "NEW ROAD WILL LINK NORTHERN SASKATCHEWAN TO ATHABASCA OIL SANDS - Government of Saskatchewan". September 15, 2006. Retrieved 2007-07-06.
- "Saskatchewan Province of · 18-K · For 3/31/06 · EX-99.F". March 31, 2006. Retrieved 2007-07-06.
- "2006 CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS BUILD ROADS TO PROSPERITY - Government of Saskatchewan". May 4, 2006. Retrieved 2007-07-06.
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