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Trans-Canada Highway/Bowfort Road interchange officially opens

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WATCH: After years of planning and construction the interchange at 16th Ave and Bowfort Rd has officially opened. While Mayor Naheed Nenshi also commenting on Bowfort Towers – Aug 31, 2017

Calgary’s new Trans-Canada Highway/Bowfort Road interchange officially opened on Thursday.

The interchange project includes a new six-lane roadway — three in each direction — on the Trans-Canada, underneath a bridge that connects to Bowfort Road.

The interchange includes dual turning lanes into Canada Olympic Park and other area businesses, so that even with traffic lights, it can accommodate a higher volume of traffic.

“This is the last of four interchange-related projects we’re opening this summer,” Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi said in a news release. “The city is completing 20 transportation projects this year, with a total investment of $400 million, which will have a major, positive impact on Calgary’s road and pedestrian network.”

READ MORE: Trans-Canada Highway-Bowfort Road interchange in Calgary nears completion

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According to the City of Calgary, prior to construction, about 60,000 vehicle passed through the previous intersection every day.

“It’s certainly going to get busier,” Peter Rudolph with the City of Calgary said. “The developments on the north side and the south side of the [Trans-Canada] Highway will add to that busyness.”

“The interchange is a game-changer for the area,” Ward 1 Councillor Ward Sutherland added. “It makes it easier for people heading to Winsport and the Trinity development to the south, and the businesses and our communities to the north.”

“It’s becoming a really active area for citizens and guests visiting the city.”

Rudolph said the budget for the interchange project was $71.7 million, but they anticipate completing it under budget at just under $68 million.

The interchange is also home to the controversial Bowfort Towers art installation.

The art installation at the Trans Canada Highway/ Bowfort Road Interchange was unveiled on Aug. 3, 2017. Aurelio Perri/ Global News
The City of Calgary unveiled half of a public art installation at the Trans Canada Highway and Bowfort Road interchange on Aug. 3, 2017. Aurelio Perri/News Talk 770
The city said the art at the Trans Canada Highway/ Bowfort Road Interchange is at the "gateway to the city.". Aurelio Perri/ Global News

– With files from Aurelio Perri and Doug Vaessen

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