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Wildrose: Wildrose to complete Calgary and Edmonton ring roads

Posted on May 1, 2015 by Taber Times

Today, Wildrose announced a commitment to complete Alberta’s major ring road
projects and reverse the Prentice PCs delay of the final critical leg of the Calgary
ring road, Wildrose Leader Brian Jean said today.
“Drivers in our cities are looking for relief, and they’re looking for leadership
that stands up for their interests. In Calgary, we know drivers can’t wait another
decade to get this
last section of ring road built,” Jean said. “Cities like Calgary and Edmonton are
vibrant and alive, and deserve a commitment from their leaders to keep our cities
strong. Wildrose will make this project a top priority on our public infrastructure
list, and do it without raising taxes.”
The Prentice PC Plan quietly announced in Budget 2015 that they would not complete
the ring road for another decade.
Wildrose pledged to use the Regional Infrastructure Fund component of the Wildrose
10/10 MSI plan to start construction on the critical west leg of the Calgary Ring
Road by or before the planned 2017 start date.
The Regional Infrastructure Fund receives $300-400 million from the 10-10 MSI
envelope and 15 per cent of all government surpluses under the Wildrose savings
plan.
Boosted through anticipated surplus by 2017, this fund would be used for projects
of regional importance that support our municipalities, such as ring road and LRT
projects.
“Dead-ending the ring road into Sarcee and Glenmore Trail makes no sense. This
project is a priority for Calgary, it’s a priority for Albertans who live south and
west of Calgary, and it’s a priority for us,” Jean said. “This would be the first priority for us out of
our Regional Infrastructure Fund so the funding is already there. We need to keep
Calgary moving and get the ring road built, and a Wildrose government would do just
that.”

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