AIRDRIE, ALTA. — The Alberta government is investing $21.1 million to build a new bridge and interchange from 40th Avenue to the QEII Highway in Airdrie, Alta.
Preliminary work is underway and construction is expected to begin in 2021-2022 and be complete by 2024.
“Airdrie is one of Alberta’s fastest-growing communities. Alberta’s government will continue to grow Airdrie’s economy along the QEII: one of Alberta’s busiest roads and a critical trade corridor. Building this interchange now will create over 300 jobs and make life easier for all Albertans who drive the QEII,” Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said in a statement.
“As a lifelong Airdrie resident, I’ve seen this city grow and its economy transform. However, congestion along and access to the QEII is a constant frustration for drivers, particularly during rush hours. Airdrie residents and businesses will greatly benefit from better access to their communities and businesses,” Alberta MLA for Airdrie-East Angela Pitt added.
Traffic volume on QEII in the area of 40th Avenue is about 85,000 vehicles per day including 7,000 commercial vehicles, a 30 per cent increase since 2014.
Construction will include a 40th Avenue bridge over the QEII and ramps to and from 40th Avenue to QEII.
In addition to the $21.1 million put forward by the provincial government through Alberta Transportation another $62 million of funding will come from the City of Airdrie for an estimated project cost of $83 million.