Edmonton ring road could take longer than expected

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EDMONTON, Alta. — There’s a slim chance of Edmonton’s ring road being completed by 2011, the province’s transportation minister has told the city.

In a letter to the Edmonton Journal, Transportation Minister Ed Stelmach, says "Without significant new sources of financing, it is not feasible to complete the full ring in eight years."

This despite the fact the Alberta Capital Region Alliance (ACRA)en touting a completion date of 2011. The province has never committed to a certain completion date, but Stelmach says 2011 is unrealistic unless new funding is found.

"Our objective is still 2011 although we know it’s getting tight," says Strathcona County Mayor, Vern Hartwell, chairman of the ACRA. "The province was talking about bonds and things of that nature. I know they’re studying different forms of funding at this time."

The federal government recently offered $150 million towards the cost of the ring road, however the province is left footing the majority of the bill for this important trade route.

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