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Calgary to pump more than $1 billion into transportation

CALGARY, Alta. -- Up to $1.3 billion will be spent on improving transportation in the Calgary area, according to th...


CALGARY, Alta. — Up to $1.3 billion will be spent on improving transportation in the Calgary area, according to the city’s new mayor.

That announcement comes on the heels of a recent survey which indicates Calgarians want better roads, and are prepared to pay for them through higher taxes.

Most of the money will come from the city’s fuel tax transfers and grants from the government. But the rest will be borrowed by the city and paid down over 20 years.

Among the most troublesome arteries into the city that are expected to receive attention, are Macleod Tr., Crowchild Tr. And Glemore Tr. The twinning of Hwy. 22x from Deerfoot Tr. To Macleod Tr. is also expected to remain a priority.

"Right now, it’s time to stop talking and start building," says mayor Dave Bronconnier. "This is no wish list, they need to be built and need to be built now," he tells local media.


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