Trans Canada Highway / Bowfort Road N.W. Interchange Project and related roadworks
ENVIRONMENTAL infotransit changesProject background
Construction crews reached another milestone recently on the construction of the interchange with the bridge deck concrete pour. Excavation of the material underneath the bridge structure continues along with the preparation of the new TCH roadway.
Phase 2 of the reconstruction of 83 Street—south of Juniper Drive—also continues. The plan is to have this phase completed by the end of August 2016 which will result in the re-opening of 83 Street between the community of Bowness and Bowfort Road.
Access to Bowfort Road from the TCH will continue during construction, and motorists can enter Canada Olympic Park through a temporary intersection, located 500 metres west of the original intersection. Speed is reduced to 50 kms/hour on the temporary TCH (16 Avenue) detour near Bowfort Road N.W.
Winsport has limited traffic flow on the private West Track Service Road at Canada Olympic Park, installing an electronic controlled gate. Winsport officials say the road was built originally for the 1988 Winter Olympics to transport sliding athletes and equipment and was never meant to accommodate the significant amount of vehicles that currently use the road. Click here for more information.
The project design includes the creation of a free-flow six-lane roadway for 16 Avenue NW/Trans Canada Highway (TCH) beneath a new interchange/bridge at Bowfort Road. The new interchange will have dual left turns in all directions and two through lanes in each direction on Bowfort Road. The project also includes roadway and utility improvements along Bowfort Road, 83 Street N.W. and Canada Olympic Drive.
The Ultimate plan is designed to incorporate the future interchange upgrade at Stoney Trail to the west and accommodate a basket weave structure in the eastbound direction. Alberta Transportation has been consulted to ensure coordination with the TCH/Stoney Trail Interchange project. The plan also accommodates the widening of the Trans Canada Highway should that be required in the future.
- Sept. 2, 2015 Traffic moved onto six-lane TCH detour
- Sept. 2015 Excavation for bridge/interchange begins
- Fall/Winter 2015 Bridge construction begins along with relocation of utilities and work on 83 Street and Bowfort Road
- End of August 2016 Reopening of 83 Street N.W. and partial opening of interchange
- Late 2016 Anticipated opening of entire interchange
- Summer 2017 Final completion of project
$71.7 million capital budget
Bowfort Road / 83 Street N.W.
This project includes roadway and utility improvements to Bowfort Road and 83 Street N.W. Bowfort Road will see the construction of two roundabouts and an improved roadway to provide better and safer access to the businesses and services in the area. Access to Bowfort Road from the Trans Canada Highway (16 Avenue) will be maintained throughout construction.
83 Street is being reconstructed to provide better traffic flow and safety. It will remain closed until summer 2016.
Roadway access is being maintained for Greenwood Village residents; Phase 2 reconstruction—south of Juniper Drive—has meant that the access to Bowfort Road from Greenwood Village is temporarily closed. Residents of Greenwood Village, when exiting or entering their community, will now need to use the north section of 83 Street towards Bowness.
Phase 2 reconstruction will also require the temporary closure of pedestrian access from Greenwood Village to Bowfort Road and the TCH (16 Avenue). Access to the Trans Canada Highway and Bowfort business area for pedestrians and cyclists isdetoured along 33 Avenue N.W.
83 Street is scheduled to re-open at the end of August 2016.
The pathway and sidewalk system for use by pedestrians and cyclists will be greatly improved as a result of this project. Some adjustment to the pathway system is needed during construction of this project.
Communications and stakeholder and public engagement has occurred regularly in relation to this project.
During the development of the December 2007 ISL Engineering Report about the Trans Canada Highway and Bowfort Road Interchange, engagement involved interaction with key stakeholders, ranging from land owners to the general public.
In May 2014 small group update sessions were held with area businesses and property owners, as well as the Bowness and Valley Ridge Community Associations with a proposed revised design. In June 2014, two public open houses were held to provide the same information.
Further small group stakeholder meetings were held in 2015 to provide more details on the construction of the interchange and associated roadworks. An Information Session for businesses along Bowfort Road was held in March followed by a public information session in April.
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With the construction activity and utility relocations, this project will result in some road restrictions and closures. Detours will be established for both local businesses and commuting traffic. Motorists should expect some delays when travelling through the construction area.