The Flanders Interchange in southwest Calgary, opened for morning traffic today. This major infrastructure provides an enhanced network for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists alike, offering ease for southwest Calgary residents and commuters.
This project was completed on time and on budget, and the City of Calgary is reporting that citizen input played a huge role in the design and development of this interchange.
Community consultations took place in 2013 and 2014, which helped to influence the design of the new interchange. After council approved the final design in November 2014, construction began in September 2015. According to Mayor Nenshi in a statement, Calgarians stressed that their main priorities were safety and traffic flow, and the new Flanders Interchange is built to accommodate those priorities. Nenshi states that safer design helps parents of children who live in the Currie neighbourhoods that surround the interchange, or who attend school in that area.
“We are growing the economy and the middle class by investing in infrastructure projects such as the Flanders Interchange,” said Judy Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement. “Our government is committed to working with municipalities and provinces to support public infrastructure and improve the standard of living for Canadians in communities across the country." [City of Calgary]
Canada Lands Company took on the Flanders Interchange project, as part of the 195-acre community development of Currie. Currie is the former military barracks area that was demolished in 1998. With the interchange surrounded by Currie, it will become a high-density urban centre for southwest Calgary. Something to look forward to with Currie: new homes, office and retail space with recreational amenities, heritage buildings and walkability.
You can learn more about the develoment at CurrieLife.ca.