Live in the west side of the city? We’ve got huge news for you.

A project years in the making, the entire $1 billion Calgary Ring Road is finally complete and will change the way we commute from one side of the city to the other.

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“Today’s announcement is a game changer for Calgarians and for all commuters who are traversing the city and going the bypass to get to the mountains,” she said.

“I must tell you, this really is a team Alberta effort when you think of three different governments, multiple different transportation ministers who all kept up the effort to make sure that this got to completion. It’s quite a remarkable thing to be able to see that we’re able to cut the ribbon on it today.”

The West Calgary Ring Road was the last of four portions that have been underway since 2019, with the southwest Calgary and Northeast Stoney Trail Widening completed in 2021 and the South Bow River Bridge project wrapped up earlier this year.

Photo via Government of Alberta

Completed 10 months ahead of schedule, the Calgary Ring Road will give drivers access to 101 kilometres of free-flow travel around the city and improve access to everything from schools to hospitals.

In addition, it’s also expected to reduce noise in nearby communities and help local businesses thrive.

“Today’s announcement means we’ll have better options for anyone travelling the west side of the city,” said Calgary Mayor Jyoti Gondek.

“It’s also a significant addition to our goods movement strategy. Ultimately, economic growth for Calgary for the Tsuut’ina Nation, for Rocky View County, and the Calgary metropolitan region as a whole.”