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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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STATISTICS

Project facts and statistics

  • Stony Plain Road interchange: $171 million ($45.3 million in federal funding)

  • 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 funding)

  • 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

For further information:

 
Contacts:    Pierre Floréa
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities   
Ottawa
613-991-0700

Media Relations
Transport Canada, Ottawa
613-993-0055
Alison Burns
Communications
Alberta Transportation
780-660-1254
To call toll-free within Alberta,
dial 310-0000.


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