New six lane freeway to reduce traffic on the Deerfoot
Grand opening of 52nd Street S.E. freeway
Published Saturday, September 29, 2012 4:50PM MDT
Last Updated Saturday, September 29, 2012 4:55PM MDT
After years of construction, a new six-lane roadway re-opened on Saturday in the southeast, giving Calgary drivers a quicker route across the city.
52nd Street between Glenmore Trail and 130 Avenue S.E. was converted to a six lane road.
The addition includes 2 new bridges; one over railway tracks, the other over a canal.
The ambitious project began in 2008 and includes a new storm sewer, deep utilities relocation, as well as relocation of pipelines, communication, and transmission lines.
The city hopes the new lanes will decrease travel time and speed up movement of goods and services across Calgary.
“Before 52nd Street closed there were about 25,000 vehicles that used this road, so if you can imagine Monday morning, we're taking 25 thousand cars off the Deerfoot. I'm hoping that’s going to make a big difference.” Says Ric McIver, Alberta Minister of Transporation.
The overall budget for the project was $110.2 million.