There’s a deal in place between the City of Calgary and the Calgary Airport Authority when it comes to an expanded Airport Trail, but Mayor Naheed Nenshi hopes there’s some wiggle room to make some changes.
The funding for Airport Trail was in the province’s budget, announced last week, and there might be infrastructure money in the federal budget this week.
However, to extend the road past 36th Street to Stoney Trail, there’s a commitment to build interchanges at Barlow Trail and 19th Street. That was the deal hammered out between the city and airport to allow for the controversial airport tunnel.
At an update to city council on Monday, Airport Authority CEO Bob Sartor said he doesn’t see any change happening, because the concern is more traffic will be stuck at red lights and that causes more congestion and cargo companies will look to relocate from the area.
“Once we open it up all the way past Metis Trail to Stoney, that Airport Trail will become a very busy thoroughfare,” Sartor said. “And with traffic lights, it’s going to be jammed.”
Nenshi said there is more of a need to work on Airport Trail on the east side, and hopes he can get a change in position from the airport.
“With the new leadership at the airport, I think we can come up with something that works for everyone,” Nenshi said.