Alberta Transportation and Economic Corridors announced it has selected Aecon Group as the winning bidder to deliver the Deerfoot Trail Improvements project under two contracts with an aggregate value of $615 million.

Deerfoot Trail Partners, solely comprised of Aecon Infrastructure Management, has been selected as the preferred proponent to work on the Ivor Strong Bridge, Anderson Road/Bow Bottom Trail, Southland Drive and Glenmore Trail. Aecon Transportation West Ltd. was selected to complete improvements at Beddington Trail NW/11 Street NE. The construction cost for the two projects is about $615 million.

“Deerfoot Trail is a vital north-south commuter and transportation corridor through Calgary, moving people and goods across the province. That’s why it is so important that we are moving ahead with these projects that will reduce congestion and travel times on Alberta’s busiest highway,” said Devin Dreeshen, Minister of Transportation and Economic Corridors.

Improvements include increasing capacity on ramps, adding lanes, reconfiguring exits and intersections, and twinning a bridge. They will address key bottlenecks on Deerfoot Trail between Glenmore Trail and Anderson Road/Bow Bottom Trail.

“We look forward to bringing our experience delivering large-scale transportation projects to improve the safety, mobility and capacity of this important corridor. This project will benefit growing communities, and we are pleased to expand our relationship with Alberta Transportation and Economic Corridors,” said Jean-Louis Servranckx, president and CEO, Aecon Group Inc.

“Many of my constituents in Calgary-Peigan use Deerfoot Trail every single day to get to work, school or to their recreational activities. I’m glad to see our government is taking action to improve their lives by addressing the biggest issues that Deerfoot Trail has which contribute to traffic jams and commuter delays. These intersection upgrades and roadway expansions will mean improved traffic flow and reduced travel times for drivers. That means more time to spend with family and friends and less time stuck in traffic,” said Tanya Fir, MLA for Calgary-Peigan.

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Construction on the design build contract is expected to begin this year and be completed in 2027 and includes the following:

Ivor Strong Bridge:

  • twinning the Ivor Strong Bridge
  • Anderson Road/Bow Bottom Trail:
  • increasing capacity on ramps with high traffic volumes
  • adding a third continuous lane in each direction
  • reconfiguring the exit from northbound Deerfoot Trail to Bow Bottom/Anderson Road

Southland Drive:

  • increasing capacity on ramps with high traffic volumes
  • reconfiguring the west intersection at Southland Drive
  • adding a third continuous lane in each direction

Glenmore Trail:

  • twinning the bridge over Glenmore Trail
  • adding a third continuous lane on Deerfoot Trail in each direction
  • safety and capacity improvements on ramps from southbound Deerfoot Trail
  • Construction for the Beddington Trail/11 Street NE project is expected to begin this year and be completed in 2025 and includes the following:
  • connecting 11 Street NE to westbound Beddington Trail and northbound Deerfoot Trail
  • adding a fourth continuous lane in each direction from Airport Trail to Beddington Trail

Construction at 64 Avenue NE and Deerfoot Trail began in early 2023.

Featured image: (Government of Alberta)

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