Trans Canada Highway and Bowfort Road N.W. Interchange officially opens

After two years of construction, the new Trans Canada Highway (TCH) and Bowfort Road N.W. interchange was officially opened today.

“This is the last of four interchange-related projects we’re opening this summer,” said Mayor Naheed Nenshi. “The City is completing 20 transportation projects this year, with a total investment of 400 million dollars, that will have a major, positive impact on Calgary’s road and pedestrian network.”

“We’ve been able to accelerate funding for these kind of projects, and as a result, we’re creating jobs, taking advantage of lower prices during the downturn in the economy, and building critical transportation infrastructure that makes it easier for Calgarians to move around the city.”

Ward 1 Councillor Ward Sutherland added, “The interchange is a game-changer for the area. It makes it easier for people heading to Winsport and the Trinity development to the south, and the businesses and our communities to the north. It’s becoming a really active area for citizens and guests visiting the city. “

The previous intersection was not capable of handling the traffic volumes generated by large scale events at Winsport, including the increasing numbers of people walking and cycling in the area, nor the 60,000 vehicles that pass through the area every day.

The new interchange includes six lanes on the TCH, which travels under the Bowfort Road bridge, which allows for dual left turns in all directions. It’s now a free-flow uninterrupted entrance to Calgary.

Improvements were also made to Bowfort Road, 83 Street N.W. and Canada Olympic Way. Sidewalks and pathways in the area have been improved to allow safer movements for people walking and cycling.

Total investment in the project is $71.7 million.

The City is grateful for the patience and understanding of the many Calgarians and area businesses that have been impacted by the significant detours and lane restrictions over the past two years.

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