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Airport Trail N.E. - Phase 2

About the project

Airport Trail N.E.​ is an important transportation corridor running east-west across the northeast quadrant of Calgary and is a significant part of the city's primary goods movement and primary transit network. It provides access to and from the Calgary International Airport and connectivity to communities and commercial areas in northeast Calgary.

Airport Trail - Phase 1 was completed in May 2014 with the opening of the 620 metre, six lane tunnel under the new Airport runway. Along with the Airport Trail tunnel, the phase included widening of Airport Trail from four to six lanes between Barlow Trail and Deerfoot Trail.

Airport Trail - Phase 2 involves three stages:

Airport Trail Tunnel opening

Airport Trail - Phase 1
Airport Trail tunnel opened in May 2014
 

Stage 1 - Airport Trail Extension

The Airport Trail Extension between 36 Street and 60 Street N.E.​ will provide motorists travelling to and from northeast Calgary with an excellent connection to Stoney Trail N.E. This 3.1 km extension is also the most viable way to provide future LRT service to the Airport terminal from the northeast (Blue) LRT line.

Construction is now underway on the extension.

 

Stage 2 - New interchanges at 19 Street N.E. and Barlow Trail

Preliminary design of the two new interchanges is nearing completion. Detail design will commence in the fall and winter of 2018. Construction of the interchanges is anticipated to begin in the summer of 2019.

Stage 3 - New southbound Stoney Trail to westbound Airport Trail ramp

Construction of the Airport Trail / Stoney Trail ramp is planned to begin in 2020.

All three stages of this project will be opened to traffic in 2022.

 

Project benefits

Completion of Airport Trail - Phase 2 will result in these benefits:
  • Constructing the 'missing link' on Airport Trail between 36 Street N.E. and 60 Street N.E. thereby connecting Deerfoot Trail to Stoney Trail.
  • Improved access to-and-from the Calgary International Airport
  • Access to Airport Trail from southbound Stoney Trail.

The new interchanges will effectively manage the movement of goods, services, and people on Airport Trail into and out of the Calgary International Airport, and adjacent airport-related developments.

 

Project background

Planning and development related to the Airport Trail N.E. corridor has been underway since 1994, the year a preliminary feasibility study was commissioned by the City of Calgary. The corridor is intended to function as a continuous roadway connection between Stoney Trail and Deerfoot Trail, accommodating traffic as part of Calgary's primary goods movement and primary transit networks.

The City's functional planning study for Airport Trail N.E. from Deerfoot Trail to Stoney Trail identifies the medium and long-term transportation requirements, and has developed an access management strategy for the Airport Trail corridor. This functional planning study was approved by City Council in December 2012; it was further refined by the Airport Trail Functional Plan Update, completed in 2017.

On November 6, 2017, the Airport Trail - Phase 2 project was submitted for formal consideration under the first round of National Trade Corridors Fund grant program. The submission was successful, and on July 6, 2018, the Federal Government announced a commitment of $50 million. The Government of Alberta has committed $27.7 million towards this project and the Calgary Airport Authority is committing $20 million towards the construction of the interchanges.

 

Budget

Estimated cost of the Airport Trail - Phase 2 project is $153.35 million.

There are four funding partners contributing to this project: Government of Canada (National Trade Corridors Fund), Government of Alberta, Calgary Airport Authority and The City of Calgary.

Communications

The City will provide information about this project through this webpage, and will be updating it on a regular basis. For more information, please fill out the online form, or contact 311.

 

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