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Construction starts on Calgary’s Deerfoot Trail


August 6, 2010
By Rock To Road

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Construction starts on Calgary's Deerfoot Trail

Minister of the Environment and Alberta's Transportation Minister have announced the
start of a major pavement overlay to an 8.6-km stretch of Deerfoot
Trail, north of McKnight Boulevard in Calgary.

Aug. 6, 2010, Calgary, Alta. – The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Southern Alberta, and Luke Ouellette, Alberta's Transportation Minister, have announced the start of a major pavement overlay to an 8.6-km stretch of Deerfoot Trail, north of McKnight Boulevard in Calgary.

"By maintaining strong and safe highways we are easing traffic congestion, increasing safety, and improving commutes," said Minister Prentice. "In this second and final year of Canada's Economic Action Plan, the Government of Canada is following through on our commitment to fully implement the infrastructure stimulus package. These investments are creating jobs now, when they are needed most, and at the same time positioning Canada for long-term growth and prosperity."

"We will continue to invest in our highways and take advantage of lower construction prices," said Ouellette. "Investing in infrastructure is part of the Alberta government's plan for a strong economic recovery."

The project involves paving the southbound lanes of Deerfoot Trail from the north Calgary city limits to McKnight Boulevard. The eligible project costs for these improvements total $6.4 million. The Governments of Canada and Alberta have each set aside up to $3.2 million for this project.

The federal $4-billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, delivered by Infrastructure Canada, is a key component of Canada's Economic Action Plan. The fund provides funding to provincial, territorial and municipal construction-ready infrastructure projects. Including today's announcement, the Government of Canada has committed over $419.3 million toward 237 projects across Alberta.

The Government of Alberta has a clear plan for a strong economic recovery. The Way Forward will bring Alberta back into a surplus position in three years by trimming government spending; using cash reserves to protect key programs; continuing to invest in public infrastructure; and ensuring that our province's industries are competitive and continue to attract investment to provide jobs and prosperity.