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News » Canada » Cermony kicks off work on Calgary Ring Road project » published 14 Jul 2017

Cermony kicks off work on Calgary Ring Road project

A naming ceremony has marked the official start of construction on the southwest section of Calgary Ring Road.

The work represents the start of one of two remaining sections of the larger Calgary Ring Road, which will make it easier for people and products to move across the city and the province. A part of the road has been re-named as the Tsuut’ina Trail.

“Our government is proud to invest in the critical Southwest Calgary Ring Road project which will connect communities, enhance access to markets and services and make life better for Albertans, and we are extremely proud and honoured to name this section of the Southwest Calgary Ring Road, Tsuut’ina Trail, in honour of our partnership with the Tsuut’ina Nation and the land on which it stands,” said Brian Mason, minister of infrastructure and minister of transportation.

Chief of the Tsuut’ina Nation Lee Crowchild added: “This is more than the naming of a road. This will reflect in perpetuity how the paths of Tsuut’ina and Calgarians run together and that our past and futures are intertwined. Given the critical role that Tsuut’ina played in the completion of this project, we look forward to the day when the entire ring road is named Tsuut’ina.”

The total value of the Southwest Calgary Ring Road (SWCRR) is CA$2.2bn and the Government of Alberta’s Budget 2017 includes CA$1.4bn of this total cost. Alberta Transportation has appointed Mountain View Partners to design, construct and maintain and operate the road for 30 years.

The SWCRR project involves construction between Highway 8 and the intersection of Highway 22X and Macleod Trail SE. It includes approximately 31km of new six- and eight-lane divided highway with 14 interchanges, a road flyover, a railway crossing, 47 bridges, two bridge rehabilitations, three river crossings, and two river realignments.

Tsuut’ina Trail extends roughly 10 kilometres through former Tsuut’ina land, between Fish Creek and Glenmore Trail.

The new road is expected to open to traffic in 2021.

 

 

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This article was published on 14 Jul 2017 (last updated on 14 Jul 2017).

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