July 9, 2020
As part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan, the government is investing up to $120 million to complete the expansion of Terwillegar Drive and upgrade other road infrastructure projects in southwest Edmonton said a July 8 Alberta Government press release.
The work will include widening Terwillegar Drive from Rabbit Hill Road to and across Anthony Henday Drive to Windermere Boulevard, building a second overpass over Anthony Henday Drive, and making intersection improvements at 23 Avenue and Haddow Drive. This work will support about 865 jobs for Albertans.
The investment will help drive the economic recovery in the province by moving traffic more efficiently in southwest Edmonton – the fastest-growing part of Alberta’s capital city – and the entire capital region.
As Edmonton’s south side continues to grow, completing the expansion of Terwillegar Drive will make it easier to get into and out of the community, especially during the busy morning and evening commutes. Designed to improve long-term productivity, the project is part of the more than $10 billion infrastructure spending announced as part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan.
“I am ecstatic to see that phase two for the Terwillegar Drive expansion is receiving funding. Between the City of Edmonton’s funding of phase one and the Government of Alberta’s funding of phase two, the entire length of Terwillegar Drive will finally be fully upgraded,” said Edmonton Ward 9 Councillor Tim Cartmell, in the release. “The residents of southwest Edmonton have been waiting for this for over 30 years and I look forward to seeing shovels in the ground on this project in 2021.”
This spending includes: $6.9 billion Budget 2020 capital spending, $980 million accelerated for Capital Maintenance and Renewal, $200 million for Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program and water infrastructure projects, $600 million in strategic infrastructure projects, $500 million in municipal infrastructure and $1.5 billion for Keystone XL.