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Trans Canada Highway / Bowfort Road N.W. Interchange Project and related roadworks

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Construction update – Dec. 7, 2016

As the winter months move in, there will be limited construction work on the building of the new interchange at Trans Canada Highway (TCH) and Bowfort Road N.W.

In early September 2016, 83 Street N.W. was reopened after being closed for roadway reconstruction. Re-opening this road re-establishes the connection between the community of Bowness and Greenwood Village with the Bowfort Road business area and Trans Canada Highway.

Lane restrictions and detours related to the partially completed roundabout on Bowfort Road will remain in effect throughout the winter months. Motorists are advised to drive with caution on 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.

Project scope

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.

Project timeline

  • 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
  • September 6, 2016 83 Street N.W. re-opened
  • Fall/Winter 2016 Work continues on Bowfort Road reconstruction and on completion of new interchange
  • Spring/Summer 2017 – Completion and staged opening of new interchange

Project budget

$71.7 million capital budget

Project background

The Trans Canada Highway (TCH) is a major east-west transportation route through Calgary, providing a continuous link through the city and connecting to the provincial and national highway systems. The segment of the highway between the west city limits and Sarcee Trail is the primary entrance to Calgary from British Columbia and the Rocky Mountain Parks.

Bowfort Road is a major road servicing Canada Olympic Park (COP), a major recreational area and tourist site to the south, and businesses and communities to the north.

An interchange at the TCH and Bowfort Road has been considered by The City since the early 1980’s. The at-grade intersection was the last remaining traffic signal on this section of the TCH, and its removal has been a strategic priority by The City.

Bowfort Road / 83 Street N.W.

After being closed in 2015 for roadway reconstruction, 83 Street N.W. between 33 Avenue and Bowfort Road was re-opened to traffic on September 6, 2016.

Re-opening this road re-establishes the connection between the community of Bowness and Greenwood Village with the Bowfort Road business area and Trans Canada Highway.

83 Street and Bowfort Road have been reconstructed with new underground utility services and a new paved road and pathway/sidewalk areas consistent with current engineering standards. The improved surfaces will provide for enhanced traffic flows and increased safety for vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians.

Pathways

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.

Public engagement/communications

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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Impacts

With construction activity and utility relocations, this project has resulted in road restrictions, closures and detours, established for both local businesses and commuting traffic.

Lane restrictions and detours related to the partially completed roundabout on Bowfort Road will remain in effect throughout the winter months. Motorists are advised to drive with caution on 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.

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