West Calgary Ring Road might be a P3

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West Calgary Ring Road might be a P3

The Alberta's Ministry of Transportations has announced that the West Calgary Ring Road could be delivered using the Government of Alberta's Public Private Partnership (P3) process.

Nancy Beasley Hosker, communications for Alberta Transportation, stated: 

Procurement for the first phase of the final leg of the Calgary ring road, the west segment, will begin shortly after the business case has been developed and approved by the Treasury Board.
For a project of this type, we are putting together a business case to present to the Treasury Board that would move forward with the P3 design-build-finance-operate contract, because we find that it does make the most sense.

The Calgary Ring Road Project is approximately 70% complete. It is now open from Highway 1 on the west side of the city around the north end to Highway 1 on the east side of the city and then to Highway 2A at the south side of the city. It is envisioned that the Calgary Ring Road will be extended south along the west side of the city from Highway 1 to east of 69th Street SW on Highway 8.

The West Calgary Ring Road would consist of 15 km from Highway 1 to 69 Street/Glenmore Trail. The potential P3 project will involve:

  • 15 km of six-lane divided roadway;
  • 29 bridges, including bridges over the Bow River and the Elbow River on Highway 8;
  • 7 interchanges: Valley Ridge Blvd NW/Highway 1, Highway 1 free-flow, Old Banff Coach Road SW Partial Interchange, Bow Trail SW, 17 Avenue SW Partial Interchange, Highway 8 free-flow and 69 Street/Discovery Ridge Blvd. SW Interchange;
  • 2 Avenue SW Underpass;
  • 5 km of Trans Canada Highway upgrades west of Calgary; and
  • 1.5 km of Stoney Trail upgrades north of the Trans Canada Highway.

When finished, the Calgary ring road will offer motorists more than 100 kilometres of free-flow travel. Calgary's north, eastern and southeastern parts of the ring road, known as Stoney Trail, connect motorists in the south all the way to Highway 1 towards Banff.

The latter, which opened on Nov. 22, 2013, consists of a six-lane freeway, with an agreement which includes a 30-year maintenance agreement with the Chinook Roads Partnership.

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