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Federal partnership provides Calgary with funding for infrastructure improvements

CALGARY, Alta. -- The federal government is providing up to $34.5 million for improvements to the city of Calgary's...

CALGARY, Alta. — The federal government is providing up to $34.5 million for improvements to the city of Calgary’s transportation infrastructure, a project which qualifies for funding under the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative (APGCI).

The partnership funding is being used to widen 52nd St. SE in Calgary, from 114th Ave. to 130th Ave. SE, from two to four lanes, and from 90th Ave. to 106th Ave. SE, from two to six lanes. The work also includes: the construction of a grade separation at the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) rail line and the Western Headwaters Canal; intersection improvements; and storm water upgrades.

This project is part of a larger effort already underway by the city Calgary to widen 52nd St. from Glenmore Trail to 130th Ave. SE. The city has completed widening of 52nd St. from 106th Ave. to 114th Ave. SE, and is currently widening 52nd St., from Glenmore Trail to 90th Ave. SE.

This improved infrastructure is intended to provide a more efficient and safer approach to the primary access road for the CPR’s intermodal yard, as truck traffic destined for the yard comprises a significant percentage of traffic in the area. This project is predicted to benefit the local community through improved traffic flow, and enhanced transportation safety, according to the Minister of Industry, Jim Prentice, who made the announcement on behalf of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Lawrence Cannon, along with input from the Calgary Mayor, Dave Bronconnier.

“This project will enhance the safety and efficiency of transportation infrastructure related to the movement of international trade through Canada’s Asia-Pacific Gateway,” said Prentice. “The Government of Canada is committed to concrete measures that contribute to a more productive, competitive economy.”

“This partnership with the federal government will contribute to the overall health of our economy by enabling better access to international markets,” added Bronconnier. “With 40% of our industrial traffic activity focused in southeast Calgary, improvements to the local transportation infrastructure will benefit a significant number of businesses, employers, and workers.”

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