March 19, 2019 by On-Site Staff
CALGARY—Upgrades are coming to a stretch of Alberta Highway 2 that winds alongside the Bow River through the heart of Calgary.
The province said March 14 it has set aside $478 million to add more lanes to 21 kilometres of Deerfoot Trail, as well as improve five interchanges along the congested segment of Hwy. 2.
“Deerfoot Trail is the busiest road in Alberta, and a vital artery for Calgary,” Brian Mason, Alberta’s minister of Transportation, said in a statement. “It has become increasingly congested, and everyone who drives this road will appreciate this expansion plan.”
The route, which first opened to traffic in 1975, will be widened between Beddington Trail and Anderson/Bow Bottom Trail, with new lanes opening in both directions. Meanwhile, the interchanges at Memorial Drive, 17 Avenue, Glenmore Trail, Southland Drive and Anderson/Bow Bottom Trail will receive upgrades to help improve the flow of traffic.
The province did not provide a timeline for construction, but said the project is expected to create more than 2,000 construction jobs. Design plans for the upgrades began in 2017.
Currently, 175,000 vehicles travel on the road each day.