“I am incredibly proud to see work completed on this final piece of the Edmonton ring road and especially pleased to see it come in on time and on budget,” said Progressive Conservative Interim Leader and MLA for Calgary-Hays, Ric McIver. “As the Transportation Minister that presided over the first two years of construction on this final leg, it is great to see these last few kilometers open to traffic.”
The Anthony Henday Drive ring road now provides Edmontonians with 80 kilometers of free-flow travel, easing urban congestion and providing heavy industrial traffic travelling to other parts of the province with an efficient bypass around the city. By using a Public-Private Partnership (P3) delivery model, the final section was completed three years earlier than conventional delivery and saved taxpayers $370 million.
“The origins of both the Edmonton and Calgary ring road projects date back to the early days of the Lougheed government, where planning and land acquisition activities began in anticipation that one day Alberta’s major cities would grow to need this kind of transportation infrastructure,” said Progressive Conservative Transportation critic and MLA for Grande Prairie-Wapiti, Wayne Drysdale. “Without this foresight and long-term vision, we would not be celebrating the completion of Alberta’s single largest highway construction project today. I am proud to be a part of this remarkable legacy.”