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