“More than 40 years ago, former Premier Peter Lougheed began planning for the eventual need for ring roads around Edmonton and Calgary,” said Interim Leader and MLA for Calgary-Hays, Ric McIver. “As Minister of Transportation, I was proud to have negotiated the historic agreement with the T’suu Tina Nation that allowed government to proceed with the project. I am very pleased to see this vitally important transportation infrastructure project continue as planned and Premier Lougheed’s proud legacy upheld.”
Planning for the Edmonton and Calgary ring road projects began in the 1970s, when previous Progressive Conservative governments began purchasing land that would eventually make up the transportation and utility corridors (TUCs). This vision and foresight, along with significant provincial investment over the years, has made these key pieces of infrastructure possible.
“As a land-locked province, Alberta’s economy depends heavily on safe and efficient transportation networks to move goods, services and people across the province,” said Transportation critic and MLA for Grande Prairie-Wapiti, Wayne Drysdale. “The Edmonton and Calgary ring roads help to ease congestion within and around these major urban centers, allowing both commercial and local traffic to reach their destinations with greater ease.”