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Functional planning study to take place on twinning Hwy 3 through Piikani Nation

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – Another big step in plans to twin a heavily-used southern Alberta corridor.

The Alberta government has asked the Piikani Nation west of Fort Macleod to engage in consultations for a functional planning study on twinning Highway 3 through the reserve.

This has been one of the Highway 3 Twinning Development Association’s top priorities for this year.

Pincher Creek Mayor Don Anderberg, who also sits on the Association, says this functional planning study will complete the major planning of Highway 3 twinning from Medicine Hat to the Crowsnest Pass.

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“Having a complete functional plan in place will enable moving ahead with construction of twinned highway to address many safety and logistical concerns that residents and travellers in Southwest Alberta deal with on a day to day basis,” said Anderberg in a news release Tuesday.

Last year, the Alberta government announced $150 million in funding to twin 46 km of Highway 3 between Taber and Burdett.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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