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Glenmore Trail and Ogden Road S.E. Interchange

Project plan FAQ document

Construction update - May 25, 2017

As construction continues on the interchange and the building of a new roadway for Glenmore Trail, two detours will take place on May 28.

Westbound Glenmore Trail will be diverted north to the recently constructed lanes on either side of Ogden Road. This is to allow final construction of Ogden Road immediately north of the new overpass.

Eastbound Glenmore Trail traffic will be diverted to a newly constructed split intersection at Barlow Trail. Work to allow this detour will be ongoing throughout the weekend. The detour to the new south eastbound leg of Glenmore Trail is anticipated to be in place May 28. At that time, the bus turnaround lane between eastbound and westbound Glenmore Trail will be permanently closed. To accommodate construction of this detour, eastbound Glenmore Trail, east of Barlow Trail, will be closed and detoured south and around construction through the weekend.

The project remains on schedule for completion by late 2017.

Project benefits

This project will increase capacity on one of Calgary’s busiest commercial goods movement corridors at a location that is one of the most significant bottlenecks on a major roadway, due in large part to train crossings. It will result in the creation of a free flow roadway with no at-grade railway tracks for Glenmore Trail between 18 Street S.E. and Barlow Trail, including an overpass spanning the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) and Canadian National Railway (CNR) tracks, and the Western Headworks Canal.

When the project is completed, motorists will be able to travel on Glenmore Trail with no signal lights between Barlow Trail S.E. and Sarcee Trail S.W.

The project also provides local access to 30 Street and 31 Street through the construction of a service road, and includes improvements to the intersection at Glenmore Trail and Barlow Trail.

About the project

The project includes:

  • New interchange at Glenmore Trail and Ogden Road, including a new bridge over Ogden Road
  • New roadway on Glenmore Trail between Ogden Road and Barlow Trail
  • New bridge over CPR and CNR tracks, Western Headworks Canal and future Southeast LRT tracks
  • Realignment of Ogden Road
  • Eventual closure of Shepard Road south of Glenmore Trail, to be replaced by a new roadway at 26 Street
  • Implementation of new storm water management and relocation of water and sanitary lines as necessary
  • Utility relocations
  • Improved street lighting
  • Construction of sidewalks and pathways
  • Landscaping

The prime consultant for the project is CH2M Hill and Graham Infrastructure is the general contractor

Project timeline

  • August 2015 - Major construction activities begin including building of the Glenmore Trail detour
  • July 2016 - Stage 1 detour begins
  • November 2016 - Stage 2 detour begins
  • May 2017 - Stage 3 detour begins
  • Late 2017 - Anticipated project completion

Project budget

$125 million

Traffic impacts

This project will result in some significant impacts to traffic as construction moves ahead. A major detour with lane adjustments and a road closure began in the summer of 2016 and will continue until the summer of 2017.

Detours implemented to date have closed a section of Shepard Road, constructed a new roadway—24 Street—connecting with Ogden Road, and connected 86 Avenue to the roundabout at 24 Street. Local access has been maintained on Shepard Road north of 86 Avenue to area businesses, including Alberta Cheese Company.

Access to Ogden Road and connection to Barlow Trail will be maintained during the construction period.

The speed limit on Glenmore Trail from just east of 18 Street SE to Barlow Trail is reduced to 50 km/hr which will remain in effect until the completion of the project, anticipated for late 2017.

Project summary/background

In 2006 The City conducted a functional study to identify the interim and long-term upgrades for Glenmore Trail between Blackfoot Trail and Barlow Trail. The study recommended a diamond interchange for Ogden Road with a bridge over the railroad tracks and WHC. The project includes reconstruction of a significant portion of the main travel lanes on Glenmore Trail between 18 Street and Barlow Trail and provides local access to 30 and 31 Streets through the construction of service roads.

In addition to improving traffic flow on Glenmore Trail the proposed interchange will provide for improved transit travel time for BRT route 302 using the Ogden Road/Glenmore Trail crossing. With the future Southeast LRT being adjacent to the CPR tracks, the bridge over the tracks will enable The City to have complete grade separation for the future LRT line.

Public engagement/communications

Communications and stakeholder and public engagement has occurred regularly in relation to this project.

A total of four public information sessions have been held about this project, along with a number of meetings with impacted businesses. Another information session was held in conjunction with construction work related to Graves Bridge and potential at-grade improvements to the intersection.

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