SWCRR & Traffic News
For a thorough source of background information and updates related to the Southwest Calgary Ring Road from the Province of Alberta, visit http://www.swcrrproject.com/
August 3-6, 2018: Long-weekend construction
Consult their newsletter for detailed maps and tabled timelines:
August 3, 2018
Temporary Road Closure on Lower Springbank Road: Location: Lower Springbank Road between Slopeview Drive and 85 Street S.W.
Impact: Temporary road closure
Reason: Installation of sanitary utility line
Start date: Tuesday, August 7, 2018, at 6:00 a.m.
Completion date: Saturday, August 18, 2018, at 10:00 p.m.
· Lower Springbank Road between Highway 8 and 69 Street was permanently closed on July 4, 2018
· Lower Springbank Road between 85 Street and Highway 8 is planned to permanently close on August 18, 2018
Lane Closure on Northbound Sarcee Trail: Location: Northbound Sarcee Trail, north of the intersection with Highway 8 / Glenmore Trail S.W.
Impact: Temporary closure of the left northbound lane for approximately 200 metres
Reason: Paving detour connection for upcoming traffic realignment
Start date: Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Completion date: Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Work hours: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Speed limit: 50 km/h
Permanent Road Closure on Lower Springbank Road: Location: Lower Springbank Road between 85 Street and Highway 8
Impact: Permanent road closure
Reason: Demolition of Lower Springbank Road within SWCRR construction footprint
Implementation date: Saturday, August 18, 2018, at 10:00 p.m.
July 28, 2018
Traffic Realignment at Glenmore Trail and Sarcee Trail
Location: Intersection of Highway 8 / Sarcee Trail / Glenmore Trail S.W.
Impact: Realignment of traffic through a newly constructed intersection and closure of the existing intersection
Reason: Detour around construction activity for SWCRR bridges
· Saturday, July 28, 2018 – Realignment of southbound traffic on Sarcee Trail
· Friday, August 10, 2018 – Realignment of northbound traffic on Sarcee Trail
Completion date: Fall 2019
Speed limit: 60 km/h
· Access will be maintained in all directions
· The new intersection will have similar traffic signal arrangements as the existing intersection
· The new intersection is designed to provide a comparable level of service
· For more information and maps, please visit www.transportation.alberta.ca/swcrrdetour.htm
Saturday July 21, 2018
This is to inform you that "Construction on the Glenmore Trail Widening and Crowchild Trail Interchange Improvements project starts this Saturday July 21 with work on Glenmore Trail. This project involves widening of Glenmore Trail between 37 Street SW and Crowchild Trail, improvements to the Glenmore Trail/Crowchild Trail interchange including Crowchild Trail widening, and construction of a new pedestrian bridge over Crowchild Trail at 54 Avenue SW."
If you have any question, please fee to contact me directly.
SYED ATIF ALI, M.Eng., P.Eng.
Senior Transportation Engineer - Ring Road Integration
The City of Calgary - Transportation Infrastructure
C 403.369.2015 │Mail Code: 8481
Construction is in full swing for the summer season, with heavy equipment working along the length of the project. Much of the work through the spring focused on preparing detours for traffic impacts this summer. This includes significant traffic realignments at the intersection of Highway 8 / Sarcee Trail / Glenmore Trail and at 37 Street / Glenmore Trail.
In areas along Highway 8 and Highway 22X new road is being built to flip traffic later in the fall of 2018. These changes may affect travel times, so commuters are encouraged to plan ahead and consider alternate routes. Further details regarding current and upcoming traffic impacts are available on the project website at www.SWCRRproject.com.
Highway 8/Glenmore Trail to 37 Street S.W.
- The material haul from Discovery Ridge to Elbow Valley will be ongoing into late July
- The intersection at 101 Street has been realigned to meet Highway 8 at a right angle
- There will be temporary closures on Lower Springbank Road this summer for utility installations and intersection upgrades
- The permanent closure of Lower Springbank Road between 85 Street and Highway 8 is planned for late summer
- The intersection at 69 Street / Discovery Ridge Boulevard will be realigned in late summer, with piling starting in the fall
- The intersection of Highway 8 / Sarcee Trail / Glenmore Trail will be realigned in late July. Piling at this interchange will continue into the winter Construction has been optimized to keep 45 Street open into 2019
- In August, there will be a number of traffic realignments on 37 Street south of Glenmore Trail o This includes the opening of Grey Eagle Boulevard, which will serve as the new access to Tsuut’ina Nation and Lakeview o Piling for the new 37 Street bridge will start in the summer
- There will be addition traffic realignments in mid to late 2019, but access to and from Glenmore Trail will remain available throughout the construction period
- The Elbow River was realigned during the regulated fish window in late April
- Girders have been placed on all three bridges across the Elbow River
- Work has started on the Weaselhead Road Tunnel
Dec. 18, 2017
24/7 phone: (403) 212-0565
AFL / WP Telectronics Work along 37 Street S.W.
Location: 37 Street S.W. and 46 Avenue S.W.
Impact: Closure of southbound right lane, south of 46 Avenue S.W.
Reason: Provide access to manholes to complete string pulling, cable pulling, and cable splicing for Telus
Approximate start date: December 11, 2017
Approximate completion date: December 15, 2017
Speed reduction: 50 km/hr from 50 km/hr
Other information: Work will be completed from 07:00 to 19:00.
Aug 29, 2017
SWCRR traffic advisory
July 14, 2017
37 Street north of Glenmore Trail S.W.
Location: Northbound 37 Street, 170 metres north of Glenmore Trail S.W.
Impact: Closure of the right exit lane to Richardson Way (access to turn will be maintained)
Reason: Utility work, including trenching and directional drilling
Start date: July 18, 2017
Completion date: August 1, 2017
Work hours: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Speed reduction: N/A
July 7, 2017
KGL Constructors is setting up an asphalt plant south of Highway 8 in the Transportation Utility Corridor, near the future intersection of the Southwest Calgary Ring Road and Tsuut’ina Parkway. The plant will provide asphalt to pave roads for the northern portion of the SWCRR.
24/7 phone: (403) 212-0565
Alberta Transportation and KGL Constructors will host a drop-in information session regarding the work in the Elbow River Valley on June 28 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. This event at Lakeview United Church will update residents and other members of the public about the latest construction activity for the Southwest Calgary Ring Road.
24/7 phone: (403) 212-0565
Call To Action!
Let’s ask for a Better Bridge
By Allie Tulick
The SW Calgary Ring Road is constructing a berm bridge to cross the Elbow River Val-ley. Only now is the extent of the berm design becoming clear. The consequences of a berm are significant in terms of disruption of wildlife corridors and flooding risk.
To have a sense of the size of this earthen berm, it is two-storeys tall (9 m) at its lowest point and four-storeys tall (18 m) at the top. The opening for the river is 24 m at the base increas-ing to 157 m at the bridge deck (an inverted pyramid) to cross the river in a 1000 m valley.
Rather than a berm bridge, the best design is like the Stoney Trail bridge over the Bow River. This clear span design holds up long-term and homes downstream from the Glenmore Dam, in the communities of Elbow Park and Rideau Park, can be protected from flooding.
This current berm design is attempting to control and over-engineer the river valley and it will destroy 54 acres of valuable wetland habitat. There is no question that the river will begin meandering and will jump the man-made river channel. The berm will be tested for its founda-tion stability every flood season. The road to solve our SW traffic problems will become a regu-lar maintenance site.
During a major flood event, upstream of the berm, the Tsuut’ina, Discovery Ridge and Elbow Valley communities will flood. Storm ponds next to the ring road will release contami-nants into the Glenmore Reservoir and if and when the berm fails a wave of water will flow east into the community of Haysboro.
The rush to complete the SW Ring Road is going to cost us dearly in the long run. It’s not too late to change to a clear span bridge across the Elbow River Valley.
Please email the Honourable Brian Mason, Alberta Minister of Transportation:
Honourable Brian Mason
Alberta Minister of Transportation
Copy the following government representatives:
Honourable Shannon Phillips
Minister of Environment and Parks
Cc: aep.minister@gov. ab.ca
Honourable Anam Kazim
MLA Calgary Glenmore
Honourable Mike Ellis
MLA Calgary West
Apr 3, 2017
The project reached a financial close on September 13, 2016. The Mountain View Partners consortium was selected as the proponent. The contract is worth $1.42 billion in 2016 dollars, to be paid over the 35-year term of the contract. The preliminary work is underway with a targeted opening date in Fall 2021. It is an excellent project to diversify Alberta’s economy and create jobs. The completion of 101 kilometers of the ring road is an investment in the long-term safe and efficient movement of goods & people in and around Calgary. It will provide improved market access across Calgary, the province, Canada and to foreign ports. The government’s objective is to complete this important project in a safe and environmentally sustainable way.
Alberta’s government is working closely with the Tsuu T’ina Nation, partnering with them on initial work and will continue to build a collaborative working relationship in the future. Measures for environmental mitigation are being taken into account and further discussions with stakeholders will occur in the near future. Until now, the Elbow River and Fish Creek crossings have been changed to strike a balance between safety, operations, environmental impact and cost. Based on the feedback from residents and some environmental groups, the bridges over the Elbow River upstream of Weaselhead Park were lengthened and the new bridge over Fish Creek was lengthened to match the existing bridge. Environmental specialists have identified potential impacts to Weaselhead Park and have recommended mitigation with steps to minimize those impacts.
The government will be working closely with the contractor to ensure all permits are established and environmental concerns addressed.
Southwest Calgary Ring Road Transmission Project
On August 31, 2016, the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) issued a decision approving AltaLink’s proposed Southwest Calgary Ring Road Transmission Project. A notice to stakeholders will be sent in the coming weeks, and details regarding AltaLink’s next steps are below.
Preliminary Construction AltaLink is planning to begin preliminary construction activities in November 2016. Activities at this time will be focused on preparing two locations where the underground portion of the transmission line crosses underneath Sarcee Trail and Glenmore Trail, east of the Sarcee Substation. We do not anticipate any impacts to Lakeview Community residents from this scope of work, and anticipate the work will be completed by March 2017.
Duct Banks/Underground Transmission Line Work Once the crossings underneath Sarcee Trail and Glenmore Trail are near completion, AltaLink will commence construction of the duct banks. These duct banks will be located where the underground portion of the transmission line begins near the Sarcee Substation, tied into the two crossings underneath Sarcee Trail and Glenmore Trail, and ends along 66 Avenue. The duct bank work will be located in the transportation utility corridor (TUC), City of Calgary road rights-of-way, and on City of Calgary, AltaLink and Enmax property. The work is tentitivley scheduled for January 2017, and anticpated to be complete in July 2017.
The underground transmission line work along 37 Street is tentatively scheduled to begin in April/ May 2017 with completion in July 2017. AltaLink has yet to award the underground transmission line work identified in this letter to a contractor, and is also awaiting final information regarding road design from Alberta Transportation. Once awarded, and the road design has been finalized, AltaLink plans to hold an information session (tentatively around March 2017) to outline construction activities, including traffic mitigation for the Lakeview Community.
In the meantime, our Right of Way Access Coordinators are available to respond to questions and concerns regarding AltaLink’s preliminary construction plans and scope of work. You can reach us toll free at 1-877-269-5903 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To help our readers who may not have seen the current ring road plans, we have printed a preliminary design map on this page, taken from the Alberta Transportation website. In this map, you can see that the ring road travels along the west side of the Tsuu T'ina casino-hotel complex.
In the close up section of the plan, several road design changes can be seen and are as follows:
- The 37th Street traffic circle is to be located between 54th Avenue and 58th Avenue. Access to Lakeview from Glenmore Trail will be via 'Strathcona Street', a new six lane road located on transferred land that will also extend into the reserve.
- An entirely new 37th Street/Glenmore Trail interchange will be built.
- Glenmore Trail is intended to be the primary route to the ring road from our community. More Glenmore Trail con-
- Construction is projected with a widening of the road between Crowchild Trail and Sarcee Trail in the next few years.
Allie Tulick is the President of the LCA. She can be reached at 403-474-2737 or email@example.com