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Alberta to move ahead with last stretch of Calgary ring road


CALGARY — Alberta is moving ahead with completing the west Calgary ring road.

Transportation Minister Brian Mason says work on the nine-kilometre stretch is expected to begin as early as next year, with work completed by 2022.

Once done, the freeway will provide 101 kilometres of free-flow traffic around the city.

The west portion of the road is expected to take about 80,000 vehicles a day.

Mason did not give a price tag for the project but said it would be more than $1 billion.

The southwest ring road is currently under construction and, under a deal with the Tsuu T’ina Nation, must be completed by the spring of 2022.

Premier Rachel Notley says the ring road will improve traffic flow, help business and reduce congestion in the city.

“This will mean better, smoother, more efficient traffic flow across Calgary and across the entire region,” said Notley.

The Canadian Press