May 23rd, 2018

Trudeau directs $40M for Edmonton rail crossing project to reduce bottleneck


By The Canadian Press on May 15, 2018.

EDMONTON – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Ottawa is chipping in money for a new railway crossing project in Edmonton, saying it shows how Canadians can work together to reduce transportation bottlenecks.

Speaking at city hall, Trudeau said Ottawa will contribute almost $40 million for the project, which will widen the road and create a railway underpass in the city’s east end.

The province of Alberta will chip in just over $28 million and the city’s portion will be $19.4 million.

The project will create two new traffic lanes on 50th Street.

There will be a new underpass beneath the existing railway crossing, just north of the Sherwood Park Freeway.

New sidewalks and shared-use paths will also be added.

“One of the things that we’ve seen over the country over the past two years is a willingness and a desire to collaborate, to partner, to work together across all levels of government to get things done for our citizens,” Trudeau said Tuesday at Edmonton city hall.

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