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Updated: 7th January 2019 09:57

Barlow Trail closure coming soon

The City of Calgary claims it can keep traffic moving, even as a stretch of Barlow Trail is permanently closed down.

City improving other roadways to ease traffic changes

The City of Calgary claims it can keep traffic moving, even as a stretch of Barlow Trail is permanently closed down.

Between 48th Avenue N.E. and Airport Trail, Barlow will be shut down to make way for developments at Calgary International Airport.

The barricades will go up on Sunday to make way for a fourth runway and a new international concourse.

Drivers who use the thoroughfare to get to the airport will need to find a new way to get around.

"We have worked with the city for many years letting them know that section of land would be closing, and what we've tried to do is communicate it as much as we can to people so they are at least well prepared for that road closure," said Calgary Airport Authority spokeswoman Jody Moseley.

To help out, the city and the airport authority have been promoting on their websites alternative routes, including Deerfoot Trail, Stoney Trail and Country Hills Boulevard.

The city has also been making improvements to existing roadways.

"We are trying to arrange for different options that people can use through either road enhancements or working with traffic signals to keep people moving," said City of Calgary transportation spokesman Conrad Hild.

Tunnel negotiations continue

The city and the airport authority have said they aren't anticipating major traffic jams for commuters as a result of the closure.

Construction on the fourth runway, slated to be in use by May 2014, begins immediately. The concourse should be open by October 2015, according to the airport authority.

The city and airport authority say negotiations on the airport tunnel recently approved by council continue, but won't comment further than that.

Even if they could come to an agreement right away, it would likely be years before one is actually built.

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