Close to 30 major infrastructure projects and more than 40 road repaving jobs will take place this summer across Calgary. A total investment of $441 million dollars is going into Calgary’s infrastructure network this year alone.
“With this investment, we are keeping Calgarians moving while also supporting our economy by creating over 3,500 jobs,” said Mayor Nenshi. “Once completed, this work will lead to improvements in travel, mobility and safety for people who walk, drive and cycle, also enabling continued development and growth in our city. Construction is never convenient while it’s happening, but the results of all this work will be worth it.”
With construction work taking place in every quadrant of Calgary, the city has put measures into place to ensure citizens can still get where they need to go. Such measures include the coordination of projects and detours around the city, staged work during off-peak commute times to minimize impacts over rush hour, and where possible, geometric changes to the roadway and temporary alignment changes in order to keep the same number of lanes open.
Troy McLeod, director of roads, said his crews and contracted staff are preparing for a busy season which includes paving work at more than 40 locations, covering about 212 lane-kilometers of road. Some of the major projects include the repaving of 14 Street, Barlow Trail, Memorial Drive and Heritage Drive.
In addition, there will be various concrete repairs, traffic signal construction, streetlight repairs, bridge repairs and traffic safety improvements to help make life better for Calgarians. “All of this work will ensure safe and smooth roads for all modes of transportation,” he said.