New northeast route to Deerfoot Trail now open
CALGARY – The daily commute to and from work is about to get a lot easier for hundreds of people living in northeast Calgary
Officials opened the 96th Avenue N.E. extension on Tuesday.
The six-lane roadway runs from Harvest Hills Boulevard to Deerfoot Trail, then connects with Airport Trail.
The new route will make it faster and simpler for people to travel to Deerfoot Trail, or the Calgary International Airport.
“The opening of the 96 Avenue N.E. extension is good news for residents in north-central Calgary who now have another way to access Deerfoot Trail,” said Travis Gaede, Senior Transportation Engineer with The City’s Transportation department. “This new connection also provides area residents with a significantly shorter trip to the airport.”
Calgary Transit’s route 300 bus will use the 96th Avenue extension to connect airport travellers with the downtown core.
One section of the roadway that goes over Nose Creek and the CP Railway tracks is not yet fully open, because additional repair work is required on the westbound bridge deck.
Vehicles are using an interim two-way traffic set-up along the three southerly lanes until remedial work is completed on the westbound bridge deck over Nose Creek.
The entire roadway (both eastbound and westbound lanes) is anticipated to be open in late 2013 or early 2014.