Major upgrades coming to Deerfoot Trail
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Major upgrades coming to Deerfoot Trail

Last Updated Mar 14, 2019 at 7:05 pm MDT

Summary

An average of 175,000 vehicles travel on Deerfoot Trail every day

It is the city's most used north-south vehicle corridor

Deerfoot Trail first opened to the public in 1971, free-flowing since 2005

CALGARY (660 NEWS) — The province is committing $478 million for improvements to Deerfoot Trail.

The money will add both northbound and southbound lanes to 21 kilometres of the Deerfoot between Beddington Trail and Anderson/Bow Bottom Trail to improve traffic flow and ease congestion.

Multiple interchanges will also be upgraded with additional lanes at Memorial Drive, 17 Avenue, Glenmore Trail, Southland Drive and Anderson/Bow Bottom Tail to reduce commute times at key bottlenecks.

Minister of Transportation Brian Mason says Deerfoot Trail is the busiest road in Alberta and a vital artery for Calgary.

“We want commuters to spend less time in traffic, and more time with their families and loved ones,” said Mason.

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He says it has become increasingly congested and believes everyone who drives this road will appreciate this expansion plan.

“These improvements to Deerfoot Trail have been long awaited by Calgarians. This substantial investment from the Government of Alberta will go a long way in improving the traffic flow and safety on a roadway that is used by thousands of Calgarians every day,” explained Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi.

The expansion of Deerfoot is expected to create more than 2,000 jobs.

The entire project is expected to take three or four years, with work starting in 2023.