Calgary

Narrow Highway 22X bridge over MacLeod Trail to be widened

The Alberta government announced a temporary fix to a traffic snag in the south end of Calgary on Friday.

Province announces $4 million for project in south Calgary

Transportation Minister Ric McIver announcing $4 million to improve the bridge at Highway 22X over Macleod Trail in south Calgary. (Kyle Bakx/CBC)

The Alberta government announced a temporary fix to a traffic snag in the south end of Calgary on Friday.  

Currently the majority of Highway 22X is four lanes wide as it traverses Calgary.

In the fall, its set to expand to six lanes, but the crossing over Macleod Trail is still just two lanes wide.  

"They've been putting up with an awkward traffic situation here," McIver said Transportation Minister Ric McIver as he announced the province will spend $4 million dollars to renovate the bridge.  

Next week crews will start taking out the median and the shoulders to make space for an extra lane in either direction. 

"We'll be basically maximizing the infrastructure that's already there. There won't be an extra bridge built," he said.

McIver admitted that the province will at some point have to spend much more money — likely $20 to $30 million — to expand the bridge to a full six lanes.  

But that project must wait until plans for the southwest leg of the ring road get sorted out.

The province is still trying to negotiate a deal with the Tsuu T’ina First Nation to build part of that route across reserve land.