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Macleod Trail / 194 Avenue S - West Connection

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Project update – Feb. 6, 2017

The City continues to move forward on the planning of connecting the west leg of 194 Avenue from Macleod Trail to Sheriff King Street S.

The project team is currently finalizing the roadway and bridge designs, and is working on the necessary permits, approvals, and agreements, as well as finalizing land acquisitions for the roadway.

Construction is anticipated to begin in Spring 2017.

Four-Project Transportation Information Session

The City will be holding an Information Session on March 15 to provide information and updates on four south Calgary transportation projects:

  • Macleod Trail/194 Avenue West Connection
  • Macleod Trail/162 Avenue Interchange
  • Spruce Meadows Way S.W. Widening (a Calgary-led ring road project)
  • 162 Avenue S.W. Connector (a Calgary-led ring road project)

This event takes place on March 15, 2017, from 6-9 p.m. at Bishop O’Byrne High School (333 Shawville Blvd. S.E.).

About the project

City Council has identified the West Macleod Area Structure Plan (ASP) as a priority growth area, anticipating that the area will eventually have a new population of 34,000 people.

The 194 Avenue connection is being built now to have supporting infrastructure in place ahead of new area development.

In order to prepare for the design and construction phase of an interim link, The City updated the Functional Planning Study for the Macleod Trail and 194 Avenue Connection. The objectives of this update are:

  • confirm the final profile for the 194 Avenue roadway
  • review the number of lanes of the ultimate interchange
  • update the plan in view of the recent finalization of The City’s Complete Streets Guidelines
  • update the plan for the west-side frontage road parallel to Macleod Trail
  • review options to accommodate a planned Emergency Services station
  • develop a plan that provides an interim at-grade connection to Macleod Trail from the west, minimizing long-term costs for eventual construction of the interchange
  • consider wildlife crossing requirements.

Confirmation of the final roadway profile has required additional technical work related to the Priddis Slough and geotechnical conditions in the area. Specifically, options are being explored that allow for construction of an overpass, while minimizing the ecological footprint and disruption.

Project timeline

  • Fall 2014 – Summer 2015: Updating of Functional Planning Study
  • February 2015: Public Information Session #1
  • June 2015: Public Information Session #2
  • Winter 2015: Detail design begins
  • Spring 2017: Beginning of construction of 194 Avenue Connection
  • Late 2018: Anticipated completion of 194 Avenue Connection

Communications

Engagement with key stakeholders is ongoing.

Two public Information Sessions have been held so far:

  • the first was held in February 2015 to provide information about the project, answer questions and give opportunity for feedback
  • the second Information Session was held in June 2015 to provide an update on the progress of this project. This session was held in conjunction with the Macleod Trail / 162 Avenue S. Interchange project

Another Information Session will be held on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, and will include Macleod Trail/194 Avenue S—West Connection. This event will focus on four transportation projects in south Calgary; the other three projects are Macleod Trail/162 Avenue Interchange, and two Calgary-led ring road projects—Spruce Meadows Way S.W. Widening and 162 Avenue S.W. Connector. It will take place at Bishop O’Byrne High School (333 Shawville Blvd. S.E.) and will run from 6-9 p.m.

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

Impacts

During the construction phase there will be minor lane restrictions and closures at the intersection of Macleod Trail and 194 Avenue, and when the roadway is connected to Sheriff King Street.

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