CALGARY, ALTA. — The Province of Alberta recently announced it will pour $478 million into upgrading Deerfoot Trail, its busiest road.
As Calgary’s most-used traffic corridor, the road sees an average of 175,000 vehicles travelling on it every day.
To ease congestion, the province will be adding both northbound and southbound lanes to 21 kilometres of Deerfoot Trail between Beddington Trail and Anderson/Bow Bottom Trail.
The project also involves upgrading multiple interchanges with additional lanes at Memorial Drive, 17 Avenue, Glenmore Trail, Southland Drive and Anderson/Bow Bottom Trail to reduce commute times at key bottlenecks.
“Deerfoot Trail is the busiest road in Alberta, and a vital artery for Calgary,” said Brain Mason, Alberta’s transportation minister, in a press release. “It has become increasingly congested, and everyone who drives this road will appreciate this expansion plan. We want commuters to spend less time in traffic, and more time with their families and loved ones.”
The project will add to work already underway to improve traffic flow on Deerfoot Trail. Earlier this year, the province issued a Request for Proposals for engineering of a new Intelligent Transportation System that will use variable speed limit technology and new message boards to alert commuters of expected travel times and incidents ahead.
“These improvements to Deerfoot Trail have been long awaited by Calgarians,” said Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi. “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.”
Officials anticipate the expansion will create 2,330 jobs.