Deerfoot Trail

Deerfoot Trail is the major north/south transportation route through the City of Calgary and is part of the North/South Trade Corridor.

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Alberta’s government is moving ahead with much needed improvements to Alberta’s busiest highway that will reduce the time people spend in traffic and help move goods more efficiently.

Since the 1970s, Calgary’s population has doubled and traffic volumes continue to increase. Today, Deerfoot Trail is a major north-south freeway in Calgary. It is also the busiest road in Alberta, serving more than 180,000 vehicles per day.

Improvements are required to increase capacity to handle current and future projected traffic volumes. The work is being completed through several contracts and prioritizes areas where improvements can be feasibly delivered which will make the most impact. Construction is anticipated to take several construction seasons.

Project details

Improvements include:

  • 64 Avenue NE (completed in 2023)
  • 16 Avenue NE
  • Beddington Trail NW/11 Street NE
  • McKnight Boulevard NE
  • Ivor Strong Bridge
  • Glenmore Trail
  • Southland Drive
  • Anderson Road / Bow Bottom Trail

In July 2022, the public-private partnership to upgrade Deerfoot Trail was suspended after determining this approach was not economically viable.

In November 2022, the existing public-private partnership procurement process was amended to address critical improvements on Deerfoot Trail and the contract awarded in spring 2023 for the first bundle of work at 64 Avenue NE.


More information

For more information or to sign up for project updates, visit Deerfoot Trail Improvements.


For more information on Deerfoot Trail:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 403-200-6935
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: [email protected]