CALGARY, June 6 /CNW Telbec/ - The Government of Canada and the City of
Calgary today announced that, as part of the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor
Initiative (APGCI), the federal government will provide up to $34.5 million to
widen 52nd Street SE in Calgary from 114th Avenue to 130th Avenue SE from two
to four lanes, and from 90th Avenue to 106th Avenue SE, from two to six lanes.
The work also includes the construction of a grade separation at the Canadian
Pacific Railway (CPR) rail line and the Western Headwaters Canal; intersection
improvements; and storm water upgrades.
This project will benefit the local community through improved traffic
flow and enhanced transportation safety.
The announcement was made by the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of
Industry, on behalf of the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport,
Infrastructure and Communities, along with His Worship, Mayor Dave
This project is part of a larger effort already underway by the City of
Calgary to widen 52nd Street from Glenmore Trail to 130th Avenue SE. The city
has completed widening of 52nd Street from
106th Avenue to 114th Avenue SE and is currently widening 52nd Street
from Glenmore Trail to
90th Avenue SE. This improved infrastructure will provide a more
efficient and safer approach to the primary access road for the CPR's
intermodal yard, as truck traffic destined for the yard comprises a
significant percentage of traffic in the area.
"This project will enhance the safety and efficiency of transportation
infrastructure related to the movement of international trade through Canada's
Asia-Pacific Gateway," said Minister Prentice. "The Government of Canada is
committed to concrete measures that contribute to a more productive,
"Investing in strategic infrastructure benefits our communities and is
key to Canada's ability to compete in this rapidly changing world of global
commerce," said Minister Cannon. "We continue to work with all levels of
government and stakeholders to establish the Gateway and Corridor system as
the best link between North America and Asia."
"This partnership with the federal government will contribute to the
overall health of our economy by enabling better access to international
markets," said Mayor Bronconnier. "With 40 per cent of our industrial traffic
activity focused in southeast Calgary, improvements to the local
transportation infrastructure will benefit a significant number of businesses,
employers and workers."
This project is a priority under the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor
Initiative and the funding comes from the Gateways and Border Crossings Fund
under the Building Canada infrastructure plan. This funding is conditional on
the successful completion of an environmental assessment as required by the
Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and the successful negotiation of a
contribution agreement with project funding partners.
The $2.1-billion Gateways and Border Crossings Fund was established to
help improve the flow of goods between Canada and the rest of the world.
Through the $33-billion Building Canada infrastructure plan, the
Government of Canada will provide long-term, stable and predictable funding to
help meet infrastructure needs across Canada. This plan will support a
stronger, safer and better country.
For more information about Canada's APGCI, please visit www.apgci.gc.ca,
and for more information on the Building Canada infrastructure plan and the
Gateways and Border Crossings Fund, please visit www.buildingcanada.gc.ca.
For further information:
For further information: Karine White, Press Secretary, Office of the
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa, (613) 991-0700;
Media Relations: Transport Canada, Ottawa, (613) 993-0055; Derek Heric,
Communication Strategist, Transportation Planning, The City of Calgary, (403)
268-1068; Marc Henry, Chief of Staff, Office of the Mayor, The City of
Calgary, (403) 268-5622; Transport Canada is online at www.tc.gc.ca. Subscribe
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