This release was issued under a previous government.
“This is a celebration, not just for local families and communities enjoying a safer and faster commute, but for all Albertans. Stoney Trail is critical to our provincial transportation network which reaches out to markets across Canada and around the world. Our Building Alberta Plan is delivering real results for Alberta and Albertans.”
The new 25-kilometre stretch, the third section of Stoney Trail to be constructed, brings the Calgary Ring Road to 70 kilometres in length. Including this new segment, the Alberta government has invested $1.9 billion in Calgary’s ring road, one of many projects which deliver on Alberta Transportation’s Building Alberta commitment.
The Government of Canada contributed $100 million to this southeast portion of the project through the Major Infrastructure Component of the Building Canada plan.
“Our government is proud to invest in infrastructure projects that create local jobs, promote economic growth and contribute to a better quality of life for Alberta families. This investment demonstrates the Government of Canada’s commitment to working with our provincial partners and the private sector to improve transportation infrastructure in the region and across Alberta.”
Managed as a P3 – a public private partnership – which saves taxpayer dollars and ensures long-term management, the 33-year agreement includes a 30-year maintenance contract. Construction began in 2010.
“Like so many Albertans, I have been looking forward to this smooth new stretch of freeway driving. Stoney Trail also strengthens our economy, connecting to both north-south and east-west corridors, as part of our plan to improve global market access via road, rail, air, to tidewater.”
Serving Calgarians, Albertans and many Canadians who travel through this important north-south, east-west axis, Stoney Trail will improve travel and road safety for motorists, and provide better access for commercial drivers.
"Our government's top priority remains jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity. The Calgary Southeast Ring Road will benefit the economy in Southern Alberta by moving people and goods faster."
The Alberta Government signed a $769 million P3 contract with Chinook Roads Partnership to design, build, operate and partially finance Stoney Trail from 17 Avenue SE to east of Macleod Trail.
“Chinook Roads Partnership (CRP) is pleased to deliver this complex P3 highway project for the Government of Alberta. Contractors safely overcame the challenges of working over live traffic, and have provided a high-quality design and lasting infrastructure. We are excited to move forward with operations and maintenance, and to introduce Mainroad Chinook Contracting as Alberta’s newest highway operator.”
Southeast Stoney Trail
- 25 km of six-lane divided highway
- 27 bridge structures
- Nine interchanges
- Two new rail flyovers and one new road flyover crossing
By the Numbers
- Nearly 2.5 million man-hours by all construction and office workers since project’s inception: The same man-hours would build 5,000 1,000-square-foot homes
- 600,000 tonnes of asphalt: Enough to pave nearly 300,000 average sized driveways
- 5,000 tonnes of rebar: Equal to the average weight of 1,000 African elephants
- 40,000 cubic metres of concrete: Enough to fill 70,000 one-tonne pick-up trucks
Access to markets
Alberta’s investment in the core infrastructure network includes major ring roads in Calgary and Edmonton, twinning of Highway 43 to Grande Prairie as part of the CANAMEX corridor, and twinning Highway 63 to Fort McMurray, to further connect Alberta communities and businesses to each other and to the world. Over the next three years, Alberta Transportation will invest $9 billion in capital construction and maintenance across the province. The Building Alberta Plan supports strategic infrastructure for current and future growth of Alberta and improved quality of life for Alberta families and communities.
Under the Building Alberta Plan, our government is investing in families and communities, living within our means, and opening new markets for Alberta's resources to ensure we're able to fund the services Albertans told us matter most to them. We will continue to deliver the responsible change Albertans voted for.
Photo Gallery: Aerial photographs (Sept 2013)