New Edmonton interchange seen as link to Asian markets
“It makes possible a lot of future growth, a lot of future jobs and it will help manage congestion and traffic,” Mayor Iveson said.
|Report an Error|
Share via Email
Edmonton political leaders hope a new $205 million interchange will not only ease commutes, but shrink the distance between Alberta and the rest of the world.
The 41 Avenue interchange, over Highway 2, opened to traffic on Nov. 19, but Mayor Don Iveson, Alberta Transportation Minister Brian Mason and Federal Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi spoke Monday about the effect the new connection could have for Edmonton.
“It makes possible a lot of future growth, a lot of future jobs and it will help manage congestion and traffic,” Iveson said.
The interchange is next to Canadian Pacific’s new railway yards and the hope all the projects together can help connect the city with Asian markets through the rail connection and the nearby airport.
“That lines up with what we can do to help activate the Air China Cargo flight and future cargo opportunities and logistics opportunities,” Iveson said.
Air China announced the city as a hub earlier this year, with three flights per week coming through Edmonton International Airport.
The province also announced it would add one southbound lane on the highway between the new interchange and the Highway 19 interchange, which will also see improvements.
“The international port concept at the airport I think is going to drive a lot of economic growth,” Mason said. “This interchange, plus the widening and the interchange work on highway 19, all support that work.”
Sohi, who began lobbying for the project as a councillor before winning federal office, said this is an important investment for the city’s economic development prospects.
“When you look at the QE2 Highway it’s not just a commuter highway, a lot of gods move on that highway, a lot of trucks move on that highway.”