CALGARY – The newest leg of the ring road officially opened on Friday afternoon, nearly two months after it was supposed to be finished.
The highly-anticipated roadway opened at 12 p.m., with different portions opening in phases over a three hour period.
An early blast of winter is partially to blame for delaying the $769 million project, and the contractor is also being fined over $3.5 million for missing the October 1 completion date.
Serving Calgarians who travel through this the north-south, east-west axis, Officials say Stoney Trail will improve travel and road safety for motorists, and provide better access for commercial drivers.
On Thursday night, the province confirmed they now have all the necessary information in order to open the roadway.
“Like so many Albertans, I have been looking forward to this smooth new stretch of freeway driving,” says Ric McIver, Minister of Transportsation. “Stoney Trail also strengthens our economy, connecting to both north-south and east-west corridors, as part of our plan to improve global market access via road, rail, air, to tidewater.”
The 25 kilometre ring road is made up of six lanes, nine interchanges, three flyovers and 27 bridges.
Commuters were happy the long-delayed project was finally open, as it helped cut driving times.