Officials gathered to officially launch the construction of the Springbank Off-stream Reservoir (SR1) today.
The $744 million project has been heatedly debated in the Springbank area since it was first proposed by the Jim Prentice government in 2014. Years of engagement followed before it received the green light from Jonathan Wilkinson, federal Environment and Climate Change minister, last July.
"This is a major moment, and great news for the people of Calgary and the surrounding area," said Alberta Premier Jason Kenney this morning.
Its construction is expected to create 2,200 jobs and is one of Alberta's largest infrastructure projects ever.
The 3,700-acre reservoir is expected to be partially operational by 2024 and fully constructed by 2025.
Chiniki Chief Aaron Young was among officials speaking at the launch. He praised the consultation that took place with First Nations and the economic opportunities it provides.
"As First Nations, we recognize ourselves and hold true that we are stewards of this great land of ours that we all share for the greater Alberta of who we are as Albertans. It is a great day to come together and work together. This is the future of Alberta."
Upcoming road detours
Rocky View County has advised motorists to take note of current and upcoming road detours resulting from SR1's construction.
They are as follows:
- Detour for bridge construction on Hwy. 22 between Township Rd. 242 and Springbank Road. Motorists can expect minor days from mid-May 2022 to Sept. 2023.
- Detour for bridge construction on Township Rd. 242 west of Hwy. 22. Motorists can expect minor days from mid-April 2022 to June 20, 2023.