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Deerfoot Trail exit northbound at 64 Avenue NE temporarily closing

The Government of Alberta announced a temporary closure of the exit ramp going northbound onto 64 Avenue NE from Deerfoot Trail on Thursday.

The closure will begin during the week of April 24, as construction work on that portion of the Deerfoot Trail upgrade continues.

The southbound exit from Deerfoot Trail to 64 Avenue NE will remain open during construction.

“During construction, speed reductions will be in place. Delays are anticipated at this section of northbound Deerfoot Trail while the ramps are closed,” said the government.

“Drivers are reminded to plan for extra time, particularly during peak hours.”

The exit is being closed to improve the off-ramps as parts of Deerfoot Trail are widened, the province said.

The Deerfoot Trail upgrade encompasses work from the northbound McKnight Boulevard exit to Deerfoot, to 64 Avenue NE, the Anderson Road and Bow Bottom Trail interchange, Southland Drive to Deerfoot Trail, and the Glenmore Trail and Deerfoot Trail interchanges.

An open house is being held on April 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Deerfoot Inn to provide information on the upgrades.

Last summer, a proposed public-private partnership fell through, with the province saying they would look at individual projects in a targeted approach.

Premier Danielle Smith has mentioned on several occasions that Deerfoot Trail upgrades were a priority for the province. In a recent conversation with Calgary Mayor Jyoti Gondek at Calgary Economic Development’s Report to the Community, Premier Smith said they wanted to get it up to snuff before they give it back to the City of Calgary.

“We have to hand that back over to the city once the ring road is complete. We want to make sure we’re handing it over in good shape,” she said.

For more details on the work, see www.deerfootimprovements.ca.