Ontario Construction News staff writer
Construction is set to begin on the 65th Avenue Interchange in Leduc that will accelerate the rapid growth happening in and around the Edmonton International Airport trade hub.
“We look forward to partnering with the City of Leduc and Alberta’s government to deliver this critical infrastructure,” said Tom Cole, vice-president of infrastructure, Graham Construction. “The interchange will support safety and ease of movement of people and goods and Graham is proud to be part of the project that will bring significant and long-standing benefits to the community.”
Work will support economic momentum in Alberta’s growing warehousing and logistics industry by connecting one of the busiest stretches of highway in the province with the Edmonton International Airport and key cargo hubs.
“This project is a massive undertaking and we are confident that Graham Construction LP will deliver exceptional results,” said Leduc Mayor Bob Young. “The interchange will offer significant positive economic impacts and infrastructure upgrades that will benefit Leduc for years to come as we continue to grow and attract big business to the area.”
Graham Construction was selected as the successful proponent to build the major interchange at Queen Elizabeth II Highway and 65th Avenue. Construction is expected to begin in late 2022. The $112-million interchange will be cost-shared by the Government of Alberta and the City of Leduc.
In addition, the new interchange will add another route for STARS ambulance to ensure patients get the care they need when and where they need it.
“Work is getting under way. This is one of the busiest sections of highway in Alberta, and we’re going to help make it faster and safer to get around. It will take commercial and airport traffic off local roads,” said Devin Dreeshen, minister of transportation and economic corridors. “It will provide a better connection for Alberta businesses to the Edmonton airport, letting them get their products to the world a bit faster and a bit cheaper.”