CALGARY - The City of Calgary officially commemorated the start of construction this month on the southwest section of the Calgary Ring Road, along with renaming of a portion of the road "Tsuut'ina Trail."
"The Government of Canada recognizes that strategic investments in transportation infrastructure support local, national and international trade," said Amarjeet Sohi, minister of infrastructure and communities, in a statement. "This new highway will reduce congestion and commute times. When completed, the Southwest Calgary Ring Road, part of which will be named Tsuut'ina Trail, will increase access to goods and services and spur new development across the city."
This work represents the start of one of two remaining sections of the larger Calgary Ring Road.
Major construction got underway on the project in 2017 and the project is expected to be substantially complete and open to traffic in 2021.
"Calgarians are proud of our long history that includes thousands of years of indigenous culture on this land," said Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi. "I can't think of a better name for this important piece of infrastructure than Tsuut'ina Trail. It is a reminder of our common path as neighbours and fellow citizens."