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Sarcee Trail / Richmond Road S.W. interchange functional planning study

Project update: April 27, 2018

The Sarcee Trail / Richmond Road S.W. interchange functional planning study was presented to the Transportation and Transit Committee and then to Council in February 2018. The draft recommended plan was approved by both Committee and Council. Now that the recommended plan has been approved, the project will be under consideration as part of Council’s capital budget planning process as it is currently unfunded.


Study background

The City of Calgary is undertaking a study for the Sarcee Trail/Richmond Road S.W. interchange. Although there is currently no funding allocated to construct an interchange at this location, The City hopes to have these plans approved and have the interchange included as a candidate project for funding in 2018. This timing allows us to evaluate the option to design and construct the interchange in coordination with the Southwest Ring Road (SWRR) project, which is scheduled to open by 2021.

Due to the growth of Calgary's southwest and the opening of the SWRR in 2021, The City conducted a Southwest and West Ring Road Downstream Traffic Impact Study in 2015. The results of this study indicated an interchange at Sarcee Trail and Richmond Road would provide significant benefits to the overall road network, as well as the surrounding communities, regardless of whether or not the West Calgary Ring Road (WCRR) was in place.

Study objectives

The objective of this study is to determine an interchange configuration that fits with the SWRR and the local road network, provides accesses to local businesses and connects appropriately with communities.

Public engagement

The first phase of the stakeholder engagement program for the Sarcee Trail / Richmond Road functional planning study ran from February through December of 2016. During this time, The City met with community associations, commercial property owners and managers, and other key stakeholders. The City hosted two engagement sessions on November 21 and 26, 2016, with nearby communities and businesses to get feedback on interchange design options, accesses and connectivity, and also provided learning and feedback opportunities online.

The What We Heard Report for this phase of the stakeholder engagement program provides further details regarding what was discussed and what we heard at the engagement sessions, as well as a summary of key themes from those sessions.

On May 30 and 21, 2017, we held two information sessions to share the results of our evaluation and gather feedback on the draft recommended plan. We also met with community associations, commercial property owners and managers, and other key stakeholders. For more details on the information shared at these sessions, please view the display boards as well as the draft recommended plan.

The What We Heard/Did Report​ summarizes the stakeholder engagement program for this study and provides information on how stakeholder feedback, including issues, concerns and suggestions, was incorporated into the final project design. This is the final report back to stakeholders for this study. For more information on the project timeline and the earlier phases of engagement, visit our Engage page.

Stay connected

Questions or comments about this study? Email the project team at or contact 311.

Calgary Southwest Ring Road

There are several City-led projects to connect Calgary's road network to the ring road. To learn more about these projects, as well as information on SWRR, including construction schedule, design and the history of the project, visit Calgary's southwest ring road home page.