The Airport Trail Tunnel under the new runway at the Calgary International Airport continues to receive awards and recognition.
The most recent honour The City has received is the 2015 Award in Excellence in Project Management from the Consulting Engineers of Alberta (CEA). Comments from the CEA judges reveal why the Airport Trail Tunnel continues to be recognized: “The complexity of managing and delivering the project on time and budget is impressive, particularly with the need to sequence the project with the building of the runway.”
Other honours for the Tunnel include the 2013 top project award in the Civil category (over $50 million) from Alberta Construction magazine, 2013 Award of Excellence from the American Concrete Institute (Alberta Chapter), and a finalist for Project of the Year at the Project Management Institute (Southern Alberta Chapter).
The City opened the 620-metre Airport Trail Tunnel to traffic on May 25, 2014. The tunnel extends Airport Trail from Barlow Trail to 36 Street N.E. as a six-lane roadway, and also included widening Airport Trail between Deerfoot Trail and Barlow Trail from four to six lanes.
The tunnel helps support economic development in the city by allowing for the efficient movement of workers and goods to and from the Airport. The most recent traffic counts show that 13,000 vehicles go through the tunnel each day.