Trans Canada Highway / Bowfort Road N.W. Interchange Project and related roadworks
ENVIRONMENTAL infotransit changesProject background
Construction continues 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.
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.
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
- 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
$71.7 million capital budget
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.
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.