Budget: Ring road won’t be complete for another decade

Calgary Herald

The daily parking lot on Sarcee Trail will get worse over the next decade, thanks to the province’s decision to delay completion of the Calgary ring road’s final segment until 2024 or 2025.

While the province plans to begin construction of the southwest leg through Tsuu T’ina Nation lands as soon as this fiscal year, Alberta Transportation confirmed the shovels won’t hit dirt until 2021 for the ring’s west leg — from the Trans-Canada Highway to Glenmore Trail.

Cabinet cut about $1.5 billion from existing ring road spending plans by delaying the west leg, which the government had initially planned to start building in 2017 and have finished by 2021 — finally closing the loop on Calgary’s decades-long ring road saga. Alberta’s revenue plunge forced a change of plans.

“That saved money, pushing it back. That’s definitely one of the reasons,” Transportation Minister Wayne Drysdale said in an interview.

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