“It’s important to note, our party called on the government to commit to completing the southwest portion within three years, not seven,” said Interim PC Leader Ric McIver. “Today, we reaffirm our request for the government to ensure the southwest portion of the ring road is completed in 2019, not 2022.”
McIver said he was pleased to see the government agreed to save time by using the P3 (public-private partnership) model set out in the original agreement the former PC government negotiated. This is a model that delivers on-time, on-budget infrastructure projects.
“This is a priority project for my constituents and southwest Calgary residents,” said Dave Rodney, MLA Calgary-Lougheed. “During the June Legislature session I challenged the government to ensure construction would begin in 2016, and asked if they would commit to completing the west portion of the ring road by 2020. Unfortunately, Calgarians did not get a committed timeline today on the west portion of the ring road, so I will continue to advocate on behalf of our community and our city as a whole.”
The PC Caucus encourages the provincial government to provide public details on how it will fund Alberta’s portion of the project. With a federal election looming, the PC Caucus urges the provincial Transportation Minister to work closely with the federal government to ensure requested federal funding is allocated in a timely manner.
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