CALGARY, Alta. – Truckers may eventually no longer have to trudge their way painstakingly through city traffic in Calgary along the Trans-Canada Hwy.
After decades of frustrating talks that went nowhere, the City of Calgary has inked an agreement-in-principle with the Tsuu T’ina Nation which paves the way for creation of an east-west ring road around the city. Currently, the Trans-Canada Hwy. turns into 16th Avenue in Calgary, which is littered with traffic lights and congestion. However, there is no reasonable alternative for truckers headed east or west through Calgary.
Tsuu T’ina Chief Sanford Big Plume met directly with Alberta Premier, Ralph Klein to get the deal done.
“There seemed to be an unwillingness – that’s why I took the step to meet with the premier,” Big Plume told local media. “My people need to know how we’re going to proceed – like I’ve said many times, if this doesn’t happen now, it will never happen.”
The proposed ring road will link Hwy. 22X with Glenmore Trail. According to Klein the province will now have control of the controversial lands for as long as the road is used. Big Plume said the contentious land use issue has been discussed since 1947. n
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