New investments to improve Calgary’s transportation infrastructure
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced a major investment of $50 million to improve Calgary’s Airport Trail, a trade corridor that provides access to and from the Calgary International Airport and connects communities and businesses in northeast Calgary.
The investment will reduce travel times for Alberta families, and mean better and faster access to markets in North America and around the world for local businesses. It will also create good quality, middle class jobs during construction.
The project will include:
- a new segment of Airport Trail between 36 Street NE and 60 Street NE, with an intersection at Métis Trail
- construction of the first stage of interchanges along Airport Trail at 19 Street NE and Barlow Trail
- construction of a new southbound-to-westbound ramp at the interchange of Stoney Trail and Airport Trail
The project will create an additional route to the airport, making it easier for people and goods to travel to and from their destinations. The project will also extend Calgary’s fibre optic network, and lay the foundation for a future rapid transit connection within the corridor.
“Countless Canadian businesses depend on their ability to move goods quickly and efficiently, within our borders and beyond. Today’s investment is about making sure Albertans have the infrastructure they need to grow their businesses, stay competitive, and make the world their marketplace. We will continue to improve transportation along Canada’s major trade corridors, and create good, well-paying middle class jobs for Canadians across the country.” – Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
“Transportation and distribution of goods are vital for our local, regional, and national economies. The investment announced here today makes our transportation system stronger by addressing urgent capacity constraints along the Airport Trail and supports long-term prosperity for our community.” – Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
“Our government is investing in Canada’s economy by making improvements to our trade and transportation corridors. We are supporting projects that will efficiently move commercial goods to market and people to their destinations, stimulate economic growth, create quality middle-class jobs, and ensure that Canada’s transportation networks remain competitive and efficient.” – Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport