New interchanges pull out all the stops on Edmonton Ring Road
EDMONTON, Nov. 19, 2011 /CNW/ - Motorists travelling around Edmonton now
have access to 69 kilometres of completely free flow travel on Anthony
Henday Drive, thanks to five southwest interchanges that have replaced
the last remaining lights on the freeway.
Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, and
Minister for the Status of Women, joined Ray Danyluk, Minister of
Alberta Transportation, to mark the completion of the new construction.
The interchanges reduce travel time and allow motorists to enter and
exit the freeway more safely and easily.
"Our government is pleased to partner with the Province of Alberta on
this important project that will improve the overall flow of traffic
along Anthony Henday Drive and provide better access to communities,"
said Minister Ambrose. "These interchanges have created jobs for
Albertans and provide key transportation infrastructure that will
promote long-term economic growth in the region."
"The completion of these interchanges — especially the crucial Stony
Plain Road interchange — marks another big milestone in the Anthony
Henday Drive project," said Minister Danyluk. "We are one step closer
to completing the Edmonton Ring Road, which meets the local need of
improved daily traffic, as well as the need for the efficient movement
of goods and services in our commodity-based economy."
The interchanges — located at Stony Plain Road, Callingwood Road,
Lessard Road, Rabbit Hill Road and Cameron Heights Drive — cost $270
million, with the Government of Alberta contributing
$170 million and $85 million coming from the Government of Canada. The
first phase of the Rabbit Hill Road interchange was partially funded by
the City of Edmonton and Windermere Lands Ltd, and was completed in
2009 at a cost of $15 million. The completion of these interchanges
benefits the more than 40,000 motorists that use this portion of
Anthony Henday Drive each day. The final traffic light, located at
Cameron Heights Drive, was removed November 16.
Anthony Henday Drive is now 90 per cent complete. Investment to date for
the southeast, southwest and northwest legs is $2.5 billion. This
includes $160 million in federal funding and more than $2.3 billion
from the Government of Alberta. Construction on the final leg of the
ring road — Northeast Anthony Henday Drive — is slated to begin next
summer, with completion scheduled for fall 2016.
The Anthony Henday Drive interchange openings mark another step towards
800 kilometres of free flow traffic from Nanton to Grande Prairie. For
more information on the Edmonton Ring Road, visit www.transportation.alberta.ca.
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Project facts and statistics
Stony Plain Road interchange: $171 million ($45.3 million in federal
Callingwood Road and Lessard Road interchanges: $45 million ($20.6
million in federal funding)
Cameron Heights Drive interchange: $25 million ($12.5 million in federal
Rabbit Hill Road interchange: $29 million, cost shared between
Government of Alberta, Government of Canada, City of Edmonton and
Windermere Lands Ltd (More than $6.7 million in federal funding)
Did you know?
The Stony Plain Road project is the largest of the southwest
interchanges. It is a full system interchange with seven bridges and
free flow in all directions. Alberta Transportation took an innovative
approach to completing the Stony Plain Road interchange by combining
the design and construction of the project into one contract. As a
result, the interchange is open to traffic one year sooner than if the
conventional design-bid-build method had been used, a significant cost
savings for taxpayers.
SOURCE Government of Alberta
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