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Airport Trail N.E. - Phase 2

Project update - April 2021

Airport Trail Interchanges

Nighttime girder installation and detours

Between April 19 and April 27 there will be nightly detours and closures at Airport Trail and Barlow Trail N.E. so crews can install the girders for the new interchange. Crews will be installing the girders in two stages, and access into and exiting YYC Calgary International Airport will always be maintained . Calgary Police Services will be on site during the closure to direct traffic at the Airport Trail and Barlow Trail N.E. intersection.

Traffic Switch to South Side (April 19, 20, and 24) 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.: 

  • Traffic will be shifted to the south side of Airport Trail N.E. west of Barlow Trail N.E.
  • Traffic in both eastbound and westbound directions will be reduced to one lane.
  • The eastbound to southbound ramp into the Airport at Barlow Trail remains unaffected.
  • The westbound to southbound turn at the Barlow Trail detour is reduced to one combined through/left turn lane.
  • Northbound to westbound turn at Barlow Trail detour is reduced to one turning lane for traffic leaving the Airport. 

Traffic Switch to North Side (April 21, 22, and 23) 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.: 

  • Traffic will be shifted to the north side of Airport Trail N.E. west of Barlow Trail N.E.
  • Traffic in both eastbound and westbound directions will be reduced to one lane.
  • The eastbound to southbound ramp into the Airport at Barlow Trail remains unaffected.
  • The westbound to southbound turn at the Barlow Trail detour is unaffected and remains as two left turning lanes.
  • Northbound to westbound turn at Barlow Trail detour is reduced to one turning lane for traffic leaving the Airport. 

Drivers are reminded to give yourself extra time to get to YYC Calgary International Airport, watch for detour signs, and follow the instructions of Calgary Police Services who will be on site to direct traffic. 

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 YYC Calgary International Airport and connectivity to communities and commercial areas in northeast Calgary.

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..The roadway between Metis Trail and 60 Street was opened to traffic in December 2019.

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

Major construction activities of the two new interchanges are underway.

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

This construction is complete and the ramp is now open.

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

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.


Managing the construction zone

When construction begins on the interchanges, here's what you can expect along Airport Trail, east of Deerfoot Trail:

  • Reduced speed limits in construction zones (60 km/hr unless otherwise indicated)
  • Narrowed traffic lanes to make space for crews
  • Intermittent single and double lane closures during weekday off-peak hours
  • Intermittent single and double lane closures on weekends
  • Lane shifts, re-alignments and new traffic patterns

Airport/business access

Throughout the construction of the interchanges, there will be continual access into and exiting the Calgary International Airport.

We recommend motorists and guests add extra time to their journey to arrive at their destination on time. We will make every effort to communicate phases of the project and road detours that could add to delays.

Project background and benefits

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.

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 YYC Calgary International Airport, and adjacent airport-related developments.

Airport Trail Interchanges

Watch this video to see project construction.

Before and after construction

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Project timeline

  • Interchange construction begins - Spring 2020
  • Construction ends - Fall 2022
  • Interchanges open to traffic - Fall 2022

Project budget

  • Estimated project cost - $153.35 million

Funding partners:

  • Government of Canada (National Trade Corridors Fund)
  • Government of Alberta
  • The Calgary Airport Authority
  • The City of Calgary

Staying connected

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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