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Calgary paving crews ready to hit the blacktop

With spring rolling around, the city’s roads crews will be out with new paving projects.

This week, the city is bringing back the paving program for the 2020 construction season. More than 110 locations in Calgary will be part of the program, which resurfaces the roads by replacing concrete and asphalt.

“This year’s paving program will go a long way towards making roads better and safer,” said Roads’ Manager of Construction Barry Poon.

“Rehabilitating the right roads at the right time, using the right treatment, extends the life of our infrastructure.”

He said it ensures that roads are safe for everyone including pedestrians, cyclist, transit users and motorists, which is vital for the economy.

In total, 285 km of lanes will be resurfaced this year with a majority of work being completed by local contractors, creating local jobs.

The City plans to invest about $40 million to maintain roadways via “life cycle maintenance construction.” This will include major roadways and community paving.

Major roads include work on Crowchild Trail SW from 66 Ave. to Glenmore Trail; Macleod Trail (northbound lanes) from Glenmore Trail to 75 Avenue SW; Macleod Trail (northbound lanes) from Canyon Meadows Drive to Heritage Drive.

Community paving will take place in the communities of Castleridge, Mayland Heights, Elboya, Patterson, Lakeview and Rundle.

City roads director Troy McLeod said this year is going to be different since there’s a reduced volume of traffic. Roadwork will be scheduled during the weekdays.

“This makes it less expensive for contractors to resurface these roadways and helps to make our investments go further,” he said.

McLeod says with increased construction activities on the road, drivers need to be reminded to slow down and watch out for crews on-site.

“People working on our roadways have families they support and we want workers and drivers to get home safely,” he said, urging drivers to obey all signage so the job can get done safely and effectively.

Construction will finish at the end of October. To keep track of progress on city paving and roadway projects, you can visit their interactive map.