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Edmonton-area mayors want ring road a priority

EDMONTON, Alta. -- Three Alberta mayors have appealed to the province to make Edmonton's ring road a priority when...


EDMONTON, Alta. — Three Alberta mayors have appealed to the province to make Edmonton’s ring road a priority when it comes to funding.

The mayors, representing the Alberta Capital Region Alliance, say that Anthony Henday Drive must be completed to allow the free and quick movement of truckers and commuters throughout the region.

The ring road, however, carries a $1.5-billion price tag. About 10 kilometres has already been completed with construction of the remaining southwest leg slated for completion by fall, 2006.

Area mayors hope to see the entire project finished by 2011.

“In order to maintain this 2011 target, funding for the detailed design of the rest must be in the 2003 provincial budget,” Edmonton Mayor, Bill Smith tells local media.

So far, the province has yet to commit to a completion date for the project.


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