Stoney Trail expands to 70 km of free flow traffic

Published on : Saturday, November 23, 2013

*temp*The opening of the six-lane Southeast Stoney Trail in Calgary paves the way for growth, connecting Albertans to each other and to global markets.

“This is a celebration, not just for local families and communities enjoying a safer and faster commute, but for all Albertans. Stoney Trail is critical to our provincial transportation network which reaches out to markets across Canada and around the world. Our Building Alberta Plan is delivering real results for Alberta and Albertans.”

– Alison Redford, Premier
The new 25-kilometre stretch, the third section of Stoney Trail to be constructed, brings the Calgary Ring Road to 70 kilometres in length. Including this new segment, the Alberta government has invested $1.9 billion in Calgary’s ring road, one of many projects which deliver on Alberta Transportation’s Building Alberta commitment.

The Government of Canada contributed $100 million to this southeast portion of the project through the Major Infrastructure Component of the Building Canada plan.

“Our government is proud to invest in infrastructure projects that create local jobs, promote economic growth and contribute to a better quality of life for Alberta families. This investment demonstrates the Government of Canada’s commitment to working with our provincial partners and the private sector to improve transportation infrastructure in the region and across Alberta.”

– Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport
Managed as a P3 – a public-private-partnership, which saves taxpayer dollars and ensures long-term management, the 33-year agreement includes a 30-year maintenance contract. Construction began in 2010.

“Like so many Albertans, I have been looking forward to this smooth new stretch of freeway driving. Stoney Trail also strengthens our economy, connecting to both north-south and east-west corridors, as part of our plan to improve global market access via road, rail, air, to tidewater.”

– Ric McIver, Minister of Transportation.
Serving Calgarians, Albertans and many Canadians who travel through this important north-south, east-west axis, Stoney Trail will improve travel and road safety for motorists, and provide better access for commercial drivers.

“Our government’s top priority remains jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity. The Calgary Southeast Ring Road will benefit the economy in Southern Alberta by moving people and goods faster.”

– Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism
The Alberta Government signed a $769 million P3 contract with Chinook Roads Partnership to design, build, operate and partially finance Stoney Trail from 17 Avenue SE to east of Macleod Trail.

“Chinook Roads Partnership (CRP) is pleased to deliver this complex P3 highway project for the Government of Alberta. Contractors safely overcame the challenges of working over live traffic, and have provided a high-quality design and lasting infrastructure. We are excited to move forward with operations and maintenance, and to introduce Mainroad Chinook Contracting as Alberta’s newest highway operator.”

– Dale Woodroffe, CEO, Chinook Roads Partnership
Southeast Stoney Trail
25 km of six-lane divided highway
27 bridge structures
Nine interchanges
Two new rail flyovers and one new road flyover crossing
By the Numbers
Nearly 2.5 million man-hours by all construction and office workers since project’s inception
The same man-hours would build 5,000 1,000-square-foot homes
600,000 tonnes of asphalt
Enough to pave nearly 300,000 average sized driveways
5,000 tonnes of rebar
Equal to the average weight of 1,000 African elephants
40,000 cubic metres of concrete
Enough to fill 70,000 one-tonne pick up trucks

Source:- Transport Canada


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