The Government of Alberta has outlined the transportation investments it committed in Budget 2019.
This investment includes $2.9 billion for new road and bridge projects across Alberta, including completing the Calgary Ring Road and expanding the southwest leg of the Edmonton Ring Road.
The funding also supports continued work on the Peace River Bridge twinning project and Highway 19 twinning between the QEII and Highway 60. Government is also investing in improvements to Deerfoot Trail in Calgary.
“Our government is focused on creating jobs and getting Albertans back to work,” said Ric McIver, Minister of Transportation. “We are keeping this promise by investing in the provincial highway network to improve travel on Alberta’s highways, connect communities and grow our economy. The projects will increase safety for all drivers and support major trade corridors to improve travel for commercial carriers in key industries. They are part of Budget 2019’s balanced plan that keeps our focus on jobs and the economy, while getting our finances back in order.”
More than $1.5 billion is allocated to maintaining the condition of Alberta’s existing highways and bridges to extend their lifespan and support safe and efficient travel.
These projects support Alberta’s major trade corridors, enhance safety, improve traffic flow and ease congestion for commuters.
Budget 2019 includes:
- $1.9 billion for the Calgary and Edmonton Ring Roads:
- $1.8 billion for the Calgary Ring Road, including the southwest and west projects and upgrades to five kilometres of the northeast segment
- $95.4 million for the southwest Anthony Henday Drive expansion
- $104.5 million for the three-phase Highway 19 twinning project between the QEII and Highway 60
- $65 million for the Highway 1A and 22 interchange in Cochrane
- $56 million for continued work on the Peace River Bridge twinning project
- $42 million for the Highway 813 bridge over the Athabasca River
- $209.8 million is identified for improvements to Deerfoot Trail in Calgary, with $110.1 million included in the four-year 2019 Capital Plan and $99.7 million in future years.
Alberta has a vast provincial highway network that includes more than 31,400 kilometres of highways (equivalent to nearly 64,000 lane kilometres) and nearly 4,500 bridges, overpasses and culverts. Almost 28,000 kilometres are paved roads and almost 2,500 kilometres are four- and six-lane divided highways.