The provincial government officially announce $51 million over three years on Friday to replace the interchange at the intersection of Highway 566 and the QEII Highway. The full project includes the realignment of Highway 566, interchange loop ramps, and bridges.

According to Angela Pitt, MLA of Airdrie East, “residents and businesses have been asking for this interchange to be replaced for nearly a decade. As the area continues to grow and develop, traffic has become increasingly congested, causing frustration and safety concerns for drivers. As one of the busiest highways in Alberta, this intersection is a critical piece of transportation infrastructure for families, individuals and industry, all of whom rely on it to travel between Calgary and Airdrie. This project will improve traffic flow, enhance safety and support the industry.”

The total cost of the new interchange is approximately $148 million, including engineering and construction with the rest of the project funds will be budgeted in years four and five of the project. 

With the design now complete, construction is anticipated to begin in 2025 and be completed in 2027. Specific details of the project provided by the province include:

  • Realigning Highway 566 to the south of the current QEII Highway and Highway 566 interchange
  • QEII Highway and Highway 566 interchange loop ramps
  • Bridges:
    • Highway 566, at the Canadian Pacific Railway crossing
    • Highway 566, across Nose Creek

“Alberta’s government is committed to ensuring safe and efficient highways for families, industry and other drivers as our economy continues to grow. This new interchange outside of CrossIron Mills will help families cut down on their commute to go shopping, and help local businesses grow,” explained Devin Dreeshen, Minister of Transportation and Economic Corridors.

The active Rocky View County logistics and distribution centre hub as well as several other significant businesses, including agriculture, energy, manufacturing, transportation, and warehousing.  

“As a growing municipality, Rocky View County welcomes the Alberta provincial government's announcement of the Hwy 2 overpass infrastructure project. This investment in our transportation infrastructure will not only provide much-needed relief to the businesses and residents in the Balzac area, but will benefit our region by improving traffic flow, enhancing safety, and increasing economic opportunities. We look forward to seeing the positive impact it will have on our community,” mentioned Crystal Kissel, Mayor of Rocky View County.

With this being one of the original economic corridors of the province, it sees around 80,000 vehicles a day.

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