CALGARY — The province of Alberta says access to Calgary’s mountain playground will be boosted by a $14 million investment in roads and trails.
That includes a $2-million extension of the asphalt Legacy Trail that now runs between Banff to near Canmore.
The trail will now run 4.4 km further — from the Canmore Visitor Centre to the Nordic Centre Provincial Park in the mountains above.
As well, the money will pave 42 km of the TransCanada Hwy. between Dead Man’s Flats and the Banff Park East gates.
And in K-Country to the south, 12.5 km of Kananaskis Lakes Trail will be paved to ensure a smoother ride.
The enhancement of the TransCanada Highway and Legacy Trail will be a tonic for tourism and local outdoor enthusiasts while reducing hazards, said Alberta Transportation Minister Ric McIver.
“This trail will provide cyclists, hikers and other recreational users with a safe off-highway path, making the TransCanada Highway safer for both individual motorists and commercial users,” said McIver.
Canmore Mayor John Borrowman called the announcement good news for his region’s economy.
The projects come at a time when work crews continue to restore roadways along Hwy. 40 and the Bow Corridor ravaged by last June’s floods, said Kyle Fawcett, Associate Minister of Recovery and Reconstruction.
“So far, they have removed about 400,000 cubic metres of material, or enough to fill three million bathtubs,” he said.
“In all, more than 110 sections of road, embankment or bridges have been repaired, with more to come.”