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Airport Trail N.E. - Phase 2

​​​​​​Project update - August 13, 2019

Airport Trail Interchanges
Motorists will notice some temporary lane closures and speed limit restrictions to accommodate utility work on Airport Trail at 19 Street and Barlow Trail, starting mid-August. This utility work will continue into the fall of 2019.

Airport Trail Extension
Construction continues on the extension of Airport Trail between 36 Street and 60 Street N.E. The City has temporarily closed the pathway at 60 Street N.E. that runs south past the new Airport Trail currently being constructed. The closure is expected to remain in effect until mid September to accommodate road construction and the building of a T-intersection at 60 Street and Airport Trail. Once the T-intersection is completed, the pathway will be reopened allowing users to travel both north and south.

 
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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:

 

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.

 

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

Initial construction activities of the two new interc​hanges are expected to begin in fall 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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