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Calgary accelerates road improvement plans

CALGARY, Alta. -- Calgary's new mayor, Dave Bronconnier, was elected based on his promises to boost the city's infr...

CALGARY, Alta. — Calgary’s new mayor, Dave Bronconnier, was elected based on his promises to boost the city’s infrastructure and he’s wasting no time in doing so.

The city is in the process of borrowing up to $500 million to address traffic congestion, and some major road improvement projects may be under way by June.

“I’m keeping the heat on,” Bronconnier tells local media, who called upon council to come up with a list of projects they would like to see get priority. “I want to run two streams at a time. One, to look at what financing options are there, and secondly, which are the best improvements, the biggest bang for our buck, to improve the skeletal networks of the city, according to the transportation department.”

Meanwhile, city transportation managers have come up with six projects that would best alleviate traffic congestion and provide better access to important areas of the city.

The areas topping the list include Macleod Tr. and Shawnessy Blvd. S.W., Glenmore Tr. and 37 St. S.W., Glenmore Tr. and 18 St. S.E., 14 St. and Heritage Dr. S.W., Crowchild Tr. and 50 Ave. S.W. and access to the Rockyview Hospital.

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