October 23, 2007

South Edmonton highway project completed and opened today

Edmonton, Alberta – Transport Canada has announced that a new 11-kilometre freeway option has opened in south Edmonton, reducing traffic congestion and providing a vital transportation link in the area. The southeast leg of Anthony Henday Drive extends 11 km with six lanes between Highway 2 and 50th Street, and four lanes between 50th Street and Highway 14. The road features 20 bridge structures, with five interchanges and no traffic lights.

“The completion of this road will ease traffic in the southeast and serves as an excellent example of partnership between the public and private sector,” said Premier Ed Stelmach. “Investing in Alberta’s highway network and in ring road infrastructure supports the province’s strong economy and helps manage Alberta’s rapid growth.”

To date, the Alberta government has contributed $800 million toward the southeast and southwest sections of Anthony Henday Drive. Using the made-in-Alberta P3 highways approach means the road has been built sooner than conventional construction, with protection from rising inflation costs. Anthony Henday Drive Southeast was on budget and on schedule.

Based on the success of the project, the provincial government is following the same process for the Calgary Northeast Ring Road, currently under construction and scheduled to open in 2009, and the northern leg of Anthony Henday Drive, expected to be open by 2011.

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