Collaboration between City and industry sees final section of Metis Trail twinned

CALGARY — Twinning of the final section of Metis Trail between 80 Avenue N.E. and the future Airport Trail is now complete, thanks to a partnership between The City and developer Genstar.

Several improvements have been implemented as part of this work, including new traffic signals at 88 Avenue N.E., two additional traffic lanes, additional street lighting, expansion of the storm water system and a pathway along Metis Trail.

The twinning of this final 1.6 km stretch of road completes the expansion along the corridor, providing a consistent and streamlined driving experience for users of this busy northeast roadway and provides an additional connection to communities developing adjacent to Metis Trail.

“This project was an opportunity to partner with private industry to enhance infrastructure to support existing communities and encourage future development in northeast Calgary,” says Councillor George Chahal. “These improvements will not only benefit motorists, but also provide safer connections for pedestrians and cyclists.”

With separate areas of road work responsibility within the project area, completing the work as one project instead of two allowed for an efficient construction process. This approach also allowed for cost savings, with construction for The City’s portion of the project coming in under budget at $3.3M.

“Working together allowed us to find cost efficiencies, eliminate potential safety issues with having two separate contractors in a limited area and complete the project more quickly,” says Director of Transportation Planning, Ryan Vanderputten. “We’re very pleased with the results and look forward to future opportunities for this type of collaboration.”

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