Sunday, August 14, 2011

52 Street S.E. Widening to improve traffic flow

In an effort to improve traffic flow for motorists in the southeast quadrant of Calgary, The City continues to move forward on the project to widen 52 Street S.E.

On August 13, 52 Street between 94 Avenue and 106 Avenue S.E. was closed to continue construction that will expand the roadway from two to six lanes. The closure will last for approximately 12 months.

“We looked at different closure scenarios, but ultimately determined a full closure of this section of 52 Street was in the best interests of motorists, area businesses and the project,” said Rick Sample, Manager of Major Road Projects for Transportation Infrastructure.

“A full closure will cost less money, take less time to complete, and will be much safer for both workers and the public.”

The project also includes construction of two new bridges over the Western Headworks Canal and the Canadian Pacific Railway tracks, as well as a new storm water

management system and relocation of utilities, pipelines, and power distribution and transmission lines.

The budget for the entire 52 Street S.E. road widening project is $110 million with approximately $34.5 million coming from the federal government’s Gateways and Border Crossings Fund. All project construction is scheduled for completion by 2013.

***Architect’s rendering of the new bridge over the canal and railway tracks on 52 Street S.E.

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