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Multi-million dollar N.W. interchange project wrapping up

(Dave Will - 660 NEWS)

Traffic will soon be flowing smoother in the city’s northwest.

The City of Calgary held a special event Tuesday morning to recognize the almost finished interchange improvements at Stoney Trail and Sarcee Trail, and the widening of 112 Avenue N.W. from two to four lanes.

“This is one of 20 transportation projects the City is opening this year, with a total investment of $400 million, that will have a major, positive impact on Calgary’s road and pedestrian network, and how people move in the city,” said Mayor Naheed Nenshi. “This project provides better traffic flow with less delay, safer roads for vehicles, and reduced congestion in this area of Calgary.

“With the downturn in the economy and accelerated funding for projects like this, we’re creating jobs, taking advantage of lower prices, and building critical transportation infrastructure that will make it easier for Calgarians to move around the city.”

Total investment in the project is $16.1 million.

The new interchange includes a loop to provide better traffic flow for drivers travelling southbound on Sarcee Trail to eastbound Stoney Trail, plus improved on-off ramps.

“These improvements at Stoney Trail and Sarcee Trail will make the interchange safer, more efficient for all users and will help reduce travel times for motorists and commercial traffic,” added Ward 2 Coun. Joe Magliocca. “The widening of 112 Avenue N.W. between 69 Street and Sarcee Trail increases the capacity of the area road network, makes the roadway safer for all vehicles, especially trucks and commercial vehicles, and better accommodates the needs of local industries.”

Speed limit in the construction zone will remain at 50 km/hr until total project completion this fall.