Premier Rachel Notley and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were in Calgary on Friday, July 15, to announce the investment and construction on the southwest portion of the Stoney Trail ring road.
Prime Minister Trudeau made the official announcement that the construction will commence for the final stages of the ring road.
"We've completed the necessary reviews and the project has now met all the requirements and conditions for funding under the 2014 New Building Canada plan. Early work on the southwest Calgary ring road is now underway."
According to Premier Rachel Notley, the project is very complex and will take some time to complete.
"When complete, the southwest ring road will extend 21km from Glenmore Trail south to Macleod Trail. Improvements will be extensive including 49 bridges and 14 changes and 3 river crossings."
The Stoney Trail ring road has been in the works for decades and this final completion will ease traffic on Deerfoot Trail and make the commute easier for many Albertans.
"As part of budget 2016 and the Alberta Jobs plan, we're helping people get back to work and we are supporting business activity and growth by setting aside funds for the completion of the southwest portion of the Calgary ring road," said Premier Notley.
Construction is only in the beginning stages and full construction will not begin until Fall.
Premier Notley added that while Calgarians - and Albertans - are very excited for the opening of the ring road, it is important to know the construction will take awhile.