When completed, the new interchange will reduce congestion for commuters in one of Alberta’s fastest-growing communities.
“Airdrie is one of Alberta’s fastest-growing communities. Alberta’s government will continue to grow Airdrie’s economy along the QEII: one of Alberta’s busiest roads and a critical trade corridor. Building this interchange now will create over 300 jobs and make life easier for all Albertans who drive the QEII.”
“This project will benefit families and communities in Airdrie as the city continues to grow. Thank you to MLAs Guthrie and Pitt for your robust advocacy for this project and for your continued effective representation of your communities.”
“Today is a tremendous day for Airdrie and area. We are sincerely appreciative of all those who contributed to securing this much-needed piece of infrastructure. We are grateful to Premier Kenney and Minister McIver; without their support this would not have been possible.”
“As a lifelong Airdrie resident, I’ve seen this city grow and its economy transform. However, congestion along and access to the QEII is a constant frustration for drivers, particularly during rush hours. Airdrie residents and businesses will greatly benefit from better access to their communities and businesses.”
“Airdrie is one of the fastest-growing cities in Canada with a population of more than 70,000. This project will support continued residential and commercial development and enhance the region’s overall economic strength.”
Preliminary work, including acquiring rights-of-way, is now underway. Construction on the interchange is expected to begin in 2021-22 and be complete by 2024.
Alberta’s Recovery Plan is a bold, ambitious long-term strategy to build, diversify, and create tens of thousands of jobs now. By building schools, roads and other core infrastructure we are benefiting our communities. By diversifying our economy and attracting investment with Canada’s most competitive tax environment, we are putting Alberta on a path for a generation of growth. Alberta came together to save lives by flattening the curve and now we must do the same to save livelihoods, grow and thrive.
- Traffic volumes on QEII in the area of 40th Avenue in Airdrie is about 85,000 vehicles per day, including 7,000 commercial vehicles.
- Traffic has increased by about 30 per cent since 2014.
- The QEII and 40th Avenue interchange project will include:
- Construction of a 40th Avenue bridge over the QEII
- Construction of ramps to and from 40th Avenue to QEII
- The project is estimated to cost up to $83 million. Alberta Transportation will contribute up to $21.1 million and the City of Airdrie is allocating about $62 million.