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162 Avenue S.W. connection


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The City is constructing the extension and connection of 162 Avenue S.W. within the city limits to the Southwest Ring Road (SWRR). This connection will provide for a better road network by distributing traffic more evenly and will provide an additional option for citizens travelling to and from the area. These connections will also provide easy access to the SWRR for people travelling north and south - another travel option instead of using Macleod Trail.

Project update

Construction on this project will begin in late July or early August. During construction, residents may notice periodic increases in construction traffic in the area. Construction on this project is expected to be complete by the end of 2017; however, the connection will remain closed until the SWRR opens to traffic in late 2021.

Access from westbound 162 Avenue to Bridlecrest Boulevard S.W. will remain open until the SWRR is completed. Once the SWRR is open to traffic, the left turn from 162 Avenue to Bridlecrest Boulevard S.W. will be permanently closed.

On March 15, 2017, we held a public information session on this and three other transportation projects in the area. We provided updates on the status of this project including more detailed information on the construction timelines, locations of the proposed noise barrier and answer questions related to the project.

About the project

The 162 Avenue S.W. connection is one of four new road constructions to the future SWRR. The other three new road constructions for the SWRR are Westhills Way, 90 Avenue S.W. and Southland Drive. The City is responsible for the design and construction of all four of these new roads because they are located within the city limits. This particular project involves a number of features:

  • Connects 162 Avenue S.W. directly to the SWRR.
  • Provides an additional option for citizens travelling to and from the area.
  • Provides enough space for a bus lane between the future Providence development and the South LRT stations.
  • A noise study was conducted and determined that a noise barrier was required along the south side of the 162 Avenue extension. This noise study was guided by The City’s Surface Noise Policy. The road design drawing in the section below shows the location of the proposed noise barrier.

After the SWRR opens and traffic settles into its new pattern, we’ll be monitoring the 162 Avenue S.W./Bridleridge Way intersection, in case further modifications are needed.

Design

The following drawings show the current design of the 162 Avenue S.W. connection as well as an overall view of the area and how it will integrate to the SWRR. We’ll continue updating the community and area through the design phase as it develops.

Project timeline

Design: Late 2016 — spring 2017
Construction: July 2017 — late 2017
Road opens: Late 2021 in conjunction with the completion of the SWRR

Calgary’s Southwest Ring Road

This project is one of several City-led projects to connect Calgary’s road network to the ring road. To learn more about these other projects, as well as information on SWRR, including construction schedule, design and the history of the project, visit Calgary’s Southwest Ring Road home page.

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