Supporting industrial growth through infrastructure enhancements
On Nov. 15, 2018, The City of Calgary re-opened 68 St. S.E. after making infrastructure enhancements to improve safety and convenience. Truck traffic and goods movement will now be easier on 68 St. S.E. between the Western Headworks Canal with the work to double divide that section complete.
The City invested in this infrastructure to improve access for local businesses and enhances industrial land development opportunities in the Point Trotter and Dufferin North Industrial Park areas. The re-opening also coincides with new transit service coming to the area. Route 149 – Point Trotter begins Nov. 19 (route map, schedule).
“Improving access to industrial parks in this area supports The City’s efforts to attract diverse and quality employers,” said Doug Cassidy, director, Real Estate & Development Services. “The roadway upgrades and new transit service will benefit both Point Trotter and Dufferin North industrial parks, as well as other businesses and development opportunities in the surrounding areas.”
With the addition of new transit service and upgraded roadway, Point Trotter can now support more than 19,000 full-time jobs. The area can also accommodate an additional 1,000 gross acres of industrial development, which is more than 13 million square feet of new industrial space in Calgary. With new industrial land added, The City has the potential of generating approximately $49 million in annual tax revenue.
“The 68 St S.E infrastructure investments will support the goods movement industry and economic development in Calgary,” Cassidy added.
The final phase of the infrastructure improvements in the Point Trotter and Dufferin North area, is scheduled for completion in 2020. This will see the remainder of 68 St. S.E. become a four-lane divided industrial road from the canal, across Glenmore Trail, to 76 Avenue S.E. Dedicated lanes and exit ramps on Glenmore Trail will improve flow in all directions.