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Macleod Trail / 162 Avenue S Interchange

Design plans Detour Phase 1 How DDI operates FAQ document


Construction update - Sept 21, 2016

As work continues on the construction of the new interchange at Macleod Trail and 162 Avenue South, another temporary road closure and some lane restrictions will take place overnight on Sept. 24 and 25, 2016.

Crews will be completing water feedermain testing on Sun Valley Blvd. between Macleod Trail and Sunpark Drive from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. on Sept. 24, and again on Sept. 25, if work is not fully completed on the first night.

The testing is a complex operation and the closure is required to ensure that the construction area remains as safe as possible. It is taking place during the overnight hours to take advantage of reduced traffic volumes.

Detours will be in place for motorists to access Macleod Trail via the Shawnessy Blvd. / Midlake Blvd. interchange to the north.

Northbound and southbound traffic will be maintained on Macleod Trail, however, there will be lane restrictions and detours to move through the construction site. Motorists are asked to observe all posted signs and drive with care through the construction zone.

Pedestrian access will be retained with Police control at the intersection of Macleod Trail / 162 Avenue, along the north side of 162 Avenue.

About the project

The interchange at Macleod Trail and 162 Avenue S will be an integral part of The City’s overall transportation network, helping to enhance Macleod Trail as a free-flow gateway to the city from the provincial highway network. Construction of the interchange will enhance mobility for commuters, cyclists and pedestrians while accommodating access to surrounding businesses and services.

After completing an analysis of the traffic flow at the intersection and evaluating several designs, it was determined that the Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) was the most appropriate layout for an interchange at that location. This is the first DDI to be constructed in Canada.

This project includes:

  • an interchange at Macleod Trail and 162 Avenue which allows for free-flow traffic north and south on Macleod Trail underneath the interchange bridges
  • two bridges over top Macleod Trail (as part of the interchange) for east and west traffic on 162 Avenue and Sun Valley Boulevard
  • intersection improvements at Shawville Blvd. and 162 Avenue
  • a basketweave structure to accommodate access for southbound traffic onto Shawville Blvd. (south end of area shopping centre)

The project is being coordinated with Provincial plans for the Southwest Calgary Ring Road (SWCRR). The prime consultant for the project is ISL Engineering and Land Services Ltd. and Graham Infrastructure LP is the general contractor.

Project timeline

  • Fall 2015: Completion of phase 1 construction
  • Early 2016 – Fall 2016: Construction of first two bridge/overpass structures
  • Fall 2016: Begin phase 2 of detour construction
  • Winter 2016 – Fall 2017: Construction of third bridge/overpass structure and associated roadworks
  • Fall 2017: Anticipated completion of project

Impacts

This project has resulted in significant road and pedestrian road restrictions and closures.

Crews will be completing water feedermain testing on Sun Valley Blvd. between Macleod Trail and Sunpark Drive from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. on Sept. 24, and again on Sept. 25, if work is not fully completed on the first night.

The testing is taking place during the overnight hours to take advantage of reduced traffic volumes.

Detours will be in place for motorists to access Macleod Trail via the Shawnessy Blvd. / Midlake Blvd. interchange to the north.

Northbound and southbound traffic will be maintained on Macleod Trail, however, there will be lane restrictions and detours to move through the construction site. Motorists are asked to observe all posted signs and drive with care through the construction zone.

Pedestrian access will be retained with Police control at the intersection of Macleod Trail / 162 Avenue, along the north side of 162 Avenue.

The City has instituted the permanent closure of the temporary right-out access onto Macleod Trail from The Boulevard Shopping Centre (which includes businesses such as the Landmark Cinemas and the Superstore).

The right-in access into the shopping centre from southbound Macleod Trail will remain open.

Communications

Stakeholder communication and engagement has always been an important component of the Macleod Trail/162 Avenue Interchange planning process.

A total of three sets of public information sessions have been held related to this project.

In addition, two special sessions for businesses in-and-around the future interchange took place in April 2015 and March 2016.

Please fill out the online form if you have questions or require more information.

Related documents





Map view

This video shows the installation of 12 girders for the bridge structure related to the Macleod Trail/162 Avenue interchange project. The installation was completed over two nights.

Project videos

To view the visualization of the various flow of movements for vehicles and pedestrians using this new interchange, click on the video links below. The bottom link contains all of the movements.