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May 11, 2018

Construction Update: Southwest BRT

Crews are working on excavation and piling for the underpass on the south side of 90 Avenue S.W. Road work and removal of the median on 14 Street S.W. between Southland Drive and 90 Avenue S.W. is ongoing.

Utility relocations and street light installation will continue along 14 Street S.W. between 90 Avenue S.W and Southland Drive S.W.

Road work at the Glenmore Trail and Crowchild Trail S.W. interchange has resumed and crews are doing concrete work around the bus only ramp.
Upcoming lane closures:

  • Lane closures are typically scheduled between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Look to the website for specific locations and detours.
  • Work includes curb removals, roadwork and concrete work. For more information on the final design of the intersection click here: http://www.calgary.ca/_layouts/cocis/DirectDownload.aspx…
  • Glenmore Trail and Crowchild Trail interchange will continue this month. Road work on eastbound Glenmore Trail includes concrete and asphalt work, and the travel lanes will be shifted to accommodate an eastbound bus only shoulder lane.


May 11, 2018

The construction at the Glenmore Trail & Crowchild Trail interchange is a bus only ramp for the Southwest BRT project. A rendering of what it will look like when construction is over can be found at: http://www.calgary.ca/…/sw…/lakeview_july_2017_opt_walls.pdf

  • When service starts for the BRT in 2019, the SW BRT buses will primarily use the Crowchild Trail flyover to get to eastbound Glenmore Trail, avoiding the Crowchild Trail bridge and the Lakeview bus by-pass, altogether. When congestion levels on the flyover have the potential to delay the bus (caused by the morning and afternoon rush hours, a vehicle accident, high traffic volumes), the BRT buses would continue to travel south across the Crowchild Trail bridge and turn left from its own left-hand turn lane, onto the Lakeview bus by-pass lane. Buses are expected to yield to oncoming traffic, so they would only turn left, when there's a break in traffic.
  • This design is expected to have minimal effects on traffic flow, as there's no additional traffic signals required for that left turn. Also, traffic flow on the Crowchild Trail bridge is not impacted by the SW BRT travelling from westbound Glenmore Trail to northbound Crowchild Trail.
  • Crews will be finishing construction on this portion of the project this year, and BRT buses will begin using the ramp when the BRT construction finishes in 2019.
  • The best way to get information/updates on the work happening is to visit calgary.ca/swbrt or sign up for email updates at: https://secure.campaigner.com/CSB/Public/Form.aspx….
  • Any updates on lane closures, work along the BRT route etc. are sent out to subscribers so if you or any of the residents in Lakeview want to keep up to date, the newsletter will be the easiest source for information.
  • We’re also coordinating with the Glenmore Trail widening and interchange upgrade project to try and minimize the impacts to Lakeview residents. If you have any questions about the work on the BRT you can always contact: brt@calgary.ca and for any questions on the Glenmore Trail project you can reach out to: yyc-rr@newsletters.calgary.ca.


Regards,
Michael Cox
Communications Planner | Transportation Infrastructure
403-801-5459
Mail code: 8481
The City of Calgary



April 2017

The City Engages with the LCA on the SWBRT

By Jesse Salus

The City of Calgary recently invited representatives of stakeholder organizations that have an interest in the upcoming Southwest Bus Rapid Transit (SWBRT) project to an engagement session. Two representatives of the Lakeview Community Association, including myself, attended the all-day workshop to engage with the City on this issue, in particular on the new infrastructure planned for the Lakeview area.

As part of the City’s SWBRT route, a short ‘slip lane’ is being constructed between Crowchild Trail and Glenmore Trail just southeast of the existing interchange. This lane will be used only by the new BRT routes, and is scheduled to be constructed later this year. We will be keeping residents informed when we have confirmation on when construction is slated to begin.

As Lakeview residents are aware, some drivers already enter Lakeview and perform illegal U-turns in order to avoid congestion on Crowchild or Glenmore Trails. Concern over the potential for drivers to use the new slip lane to avoid traffic has been raised with the City’s design team, and several options are being considered in order to avoid that situation. Although LCA representatives had suggested that a bus trap or automatic bollards might be used to prevent use of the slip lane by private vehicles, the City is currently favouring a camera-and-fine system that would penalize any drivers using the slip lane. We have been assured that the restriction and fine would be well sign-posted, and should prove to be a suitable deterrent; we will be keeping an eye on this aspect of the project as the SWBRT comes online.

The City is planning to run the SWBRT through the slip lane only in the evening rush-hour when the Glenmore flyover is congested, and there are currently no plans to add traffic lights on Crowchild Trail between 63rd avenue SW and Glenmore Trail for buses to access the slip lane. A new left-turn bay will be built at this location for buses to use when turning into the slip lane, ensuring they will not hold up traffic when making the turn.

Although earlier plans for the SWBRT showed a potential station in the Lakeview area, no station is being constructed at this time.

The slip lane will cross the area southeast of the Crowchild-Glenmore interchange, and the majority of the existing trees in that area will remain. New shrubs will be planned along the new slip lane, and the landscaping team will also be managing the small amount of local rainfall with low-impact water management techniques, including small bioswales. The water management techniques will ensure that no standing water will collect in the area. In addition, a new portion of sound barrier will be constructed at the east end of the slip lane that will replace the existing sound wall that will be opened to allow buses onto Glenmore Trail.

The Lakeview Community Association will continue to provide information on the project as we hear more, and look forward to seeing the project proceed in a way that benefits the City, and perhaps even the community, without negatively impacting residents.

More information can be found at the City of Calgary’s site:

http://www.calgary.ca/swbrt


 

September 2016

The City of Calgary is planning a new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service through southwest Calgary. Lakeview is a part of those plans. BRT is high frequency, limited stop bus service. At this point, there are no open houses scheduled for the southwest BRT project. As a result, the Lakeview Community Association is providing the following information and requesting your feedback. We want to know your views.

The new SW BRT is intended to improve transportation in southwest Calgary. The BRT will travel between downtown and Woodbine, with stops including Mount Royal University, Rockyview Hospital, Heritage Park and Southland Leisure Centre. The service will variously run in mixed traffic, new shoulder lanes and a new dedicated transitway along 14th Street SW, and will see anticipated frequencies of every 10 minutes in rush hour, and every 15-20 minutes off-peak.

Included in the concept is a small section within the Glenmore-Crowchild interchange right-of-way by Lakeview. The City has designed a bus-only lane that connects Crowchild Trail with eastbound Glenmore Trail as a way for the BRT service to improve reliability by avoiding the flyover when it is congested in the evening rush-hour. Although no traffic light is in the initial plan, at some point the City may need to install a light between 63rd Avenue SW and Glenmore Trail to help control bus turns when in use. Measures such as a bus-trap are also being investigated to keep private vehicles off the dedicated lane in order to prevent cut-through traffic.

The City is not currently planning a BRT stop at this point along the route, though the idea is being assessed. It is possible that at some point Lakeview residents will be able to access the BRT service directly through a stop.

The Lakeview Community Association would like to hear your thoughts on this project. Please take a moment to respond to the following survey: 

This survey is available here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/R5HSFZY

If you have questions about this survey, please send them to vp@lakeviewcommunity.org

For more information on the BRT, to sign up for updates from the City and to learn more about engagement opportunities, please visit www.calgary.ca/swtransitway.