The contract for the South project has been awarded to Calgary Safelink Partners for $277 million. Both the North and South projects are being constructed in a design-build contract structure, which means design and construction services are contracted together to a single entity.
Some preliminary work began last summer (2020), with full construction starting this spring (2021). The completion date for the South project has been updated to 2024 to accommodate the regulatory process that was required to relocate the ENMAX transmission lines, as well as considerations for the COVID-19 pandemic.
The South project includes:
- Five kilometres of six- and eight-lane divided freeway
- Reconstructing approximately one kilometre each of Old Banff Coach Road S.W., Bow Trail S.W. and 17 Avenue S.W. (within the Transportation Utility Corridor)
- Four interchanges
- Old Banff Coach Road S.W.
- Bow Trail S.W.
- 17 Avenue S.W.
- Highway 8