It’s finally getting the thumbs up!
According to reports, members of the Tsuu T’ina First Nation have voted overwhelmingly in favour of accepting the province’s deal for the southwest leg of the ring road.
Four years ago, the Tsuu T’ina turned down a deal which would have seen them getting $275-million and nearly 5,000 acres of crown land, in exchange for the approximately 1,000 acres that’s needed for the highway.
It’s still unclear what’s in the proposal although it’s believed to be similar to the 2009 one.
There are rumours the $275-million is still included as is the province’s offer to help people relocate who find themselves in the path of the new freeway.
Chief Roy Whitney plans to address the media with council Friday at noon.
Premier Allison Redford and Transportation Minister Ric McIver will then get their turn to comment later at 4 o’clock.
Ward 12 Councillor Shane Keating doesn’t know if it will help with the daily commute but he adds it’s still an historic day for those who live in the deep south.
“It depends on what area of the city, but I believe it’s going to cut recreational traffic down on the Deerfoot because now there will be other options,” he tells 660News.
The deal is a major step forward for a project that’s been decades in the making.
It’s not done though just yet, the province would still have to decide the route and it would need the approval of the Federal Government.
Ottawa’s blessing could take weeks, months, or even years.
Calls to both Whitney and McIver Friday morning were unreturned.