It’s being called the single most important piece of transportation infrastructure in the city — but it’s not on the draft transportation plan for the City of Calgary.

“What a disaster,” said Naheed Nenshi of the Better Calgary Campaign, a non-partisan civic group, on the city’s bungling of the proposed airport tunnel, which once again has found its way on to city council’s docket, with a motion today by Ward 3 Ald. Jim Stevenson.

“You’ll have upwards of 100,000 people who live east of the airport, who have to do this giant detour.”

Nenshi believes a golden opportunity to limit unnecessary driving throughout the city, and to ensure planned commercial and residential areas move forward, could be missed if the city doesn’t move forward.

Ald. Stevenson’s motion is to ensure the inclusion of the tunnel on the city’s transportation plan, something he believes will help a push for funding the project, estimated to cost anywhere from $150 to $500 million.

“We’ve got to plan for growth, not react to growth,” said Stevenson.

“This is a plan for the growth we already know is going to happen.”