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90 Avenue S.W. and Southland Drive connections

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Project update - April 11, 2018

Pre-construction activities for this project have begun, leading up to full construction in the near future which will involve a number of large earth moving and road building machines.

Pathway detours are necessary and are shown in this map​. A large section of the off-leash area and the pathway will remain open and accessible using alternative accesses; a portion of the off-leash area, however, will be closed during construction.

ATCO Gas work along 90 Avenue S.W.

ATCO Gas is working in the area. You can find out more information on ATCO's Southwest Calgary Connector project webpage​.

About the project

This project is one of several City-led projects to connect Calgary's road network to the ring road and will accommodate changes to traffic volume and patterns that are expected after the opening of the Southwest Ring Road (SWRR).

The City is constructing the extension and connection of both 90 Avenue S.W. and Southland Drive within the city limits to the Southwest Ring Road (SWRR). These connections will improve the local road network by distributing traffic more evenly in the area and will provide easy access to the SWRR for people travelling north and south - another travel option instead of using 14 Street S.W.

It features a number of benefits:

  • Creating pathway connections under 90 Avenue S.W. and Southland Drive. These well lit underpasses will create a safe and uninterrupted pathway between communities, the current off-leash dog park, as well as South Glenmore and Fish Creek parks.
  • Widening Southland Drive from two to four lanes between Oakmoor Way and Oakfield Drive S.W. to match the rest of the roadway.
  • Installing noise barriers along Southland Drive​ between Oakfield Drive and Oakmoor Way.
  • Installing traffic signals and a pedestrian crossing at the Southland Drive and Oakfield Drive S.W. intersection.
  • Access to the Oakridge off-leash area and pathway system will remain in place with temporary adjustments to accommodate construction.

After the SWRR opens and traffic settles into its new pattern, the City will be monitoring several intersections along 90 Avenue S.W., in case further modifications to the road or intersections are necessary.

Project timeline

Design: Fall 2016 - Fall 2017
Construction: Spring 2018 - Late 2018
Road opening: Late 2021 in conjunction with the completion of the Southwest Ring Road

Trees

While every effort is made to avoid impacts to trees, it is necessary to remove some trees as part of this project. As part of this project, we will be planting new trees more than double the amount removed by the time construction is complete. New trees are planted in the closest suitable location to replace the impacted trees. The project team plans to use a variety of species suited for the area that will provide shade along the pathways.

Public engagement / communications

Public engagement and communications has occurred regularly in relation to this project, going back to the fall of 2014.

Calgary's southwest ring road

The City is responsible for the design and construction of the projects connecting Calgary's road network to the ring road because they are located within city limits.

To learn more about SWRR, including construction schedule, design and the history of the project, visit Calgary's southwest ring road home page.

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