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40th Avenue Interchange to QEII

The City of Airdrie has partnered with EllisDon Construction Services Inc. and Alberta Transportation to construct the 40th Avenue Interchange to QEII. The City of Airdrie, in partnership with the Province of Alberta, broke ground on the project on April 28, 2021.

On Jan. 18, 2021, Council gave second and third readings to the debenture borrowing bylaw. The bylaw, by policy, became valid after 30 days (on Feb. 18, 2021). The funding commitment, from City Council, demonstrates the importance of this project for Airdrie, both for today and into the future.

The 40th Avenue Interchange to QEII is a key component to the ultimate transportation network. The additional network capacity will reduce traffic congestion along the City's existing arterial corridors, including access to QEII. The new interchange will remove transportation as a barrier, within the near and medium term, for residents and businesses as Airdrie grows.

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Scope of work

The interchange scope of work.

Construction on the interchange started April 30, 2021 and is expected to end in October 2023. The project will execute the construction of a new interchange (QEII overpass with on/off ramps), two overpasses (CP Rail and Main Street) and a bridge (Nose Creek).

Along with the overpass and bridge construction, the contractor will:

  • Realign Nose Creek
  • Move, import, place and compact over 500,000 cubic metres of clean fill
  • Install 4 sets of traffic signals
  • Place over 32,000 tonnes of asphalt
  • Complete other activities that are too numerous to mention

The interchange milestone schedule.

Construction closures

During construction, there will be numerous temporary lane, pathway and road closures. In the spring of 2022, Kingsview Road at Sharp Hill Way was closed permanently. Businesses along Kingsview Road will be open during construction and can be accessed from the north side of Kingsview Road.

In June 2022, Rocky View County (RVC) implemented gated access to Sharp Hill (limited to emergency access only) to limit the impact of traffic volumes following closure of the service road (RR 294/Sharp Hill Way). Visit RVC WEBSITE for details and map.

The interchange project closures map.

  • All planned temporary closures will be announced two-weeks (14 days) prior to closing the road and/or pathways
  • One-month notification was announced for the permanent closure of Kingsview Road at Sharp Hill Way
  • All Traffic Accommodation Strategy’s (TAS) will be reviewed and approved for safety and manoeuvrability prior to being executed by the contractor
  • All planned closures and detours on QEII will be thoroughly vetted and approved by Alberta Transportation prior to being executed by the contractor
  • City of Airdrie website will be updated regularly with all active road closure information

Future development

The construction of the interchange will benefit future land developments in the area that are currently constrained due to transportation capacity. The new interchange will provide critical transportation infrastructure that will support development of future lands. This project will benefit a future development area about 7,500 acres of land in size, which will yield about 36,000 residential units, 2,100 acres of industrial and 400 acres of commercial development over a 30-year period.

The construction of the new interchange at QEII Highway and 40th Avenue in Airdrie will immediately improve safety and provide more than 300 jobs.