Project Update: public information sessions
The Province is hosting information sessions in October and November in the communities along the Southwest and West Calgary ring roads (SWCRR and WCRR). On display will be the completed functional plans for the ring road and interchanges. The City will also be participating and be on hand to answer questions about the connections to the ring road. We will be looking for feedback on citizens’ interests in the ring road project regarding traffic flow in their communities and during their commutes. Your feedback will be considered while we study future traffic patterns and volume on major roads as we prepare for opening day.
The goal is to identify and recommend necessary changes to roads that will help keep people moving in Calgary on the right roads when the ring road opens. You can view The City’s display boards as PDFs, which show the 11 connections and the area in which the roadway study includes:
Project Scope: closing the loop on Calgary’s ring road (Stoney Trail)
The Province of Alberta has plans in place to complete Calgary’s ring road, currently named Stoney Trail. Construction is planned in two phases, with work beginning on both in the next three years:
- Southwest Calgary Ring Road - east of 69 Street SW on Glenmore Trail/Highway 8 south to Macleod Trail (Highway 2A) - Tsuu T’ina Nation- Alberta 2013 land agreement
- West Calgary Ring Road - Bow River/Hwy 1 to east of 69 Street S.W. on Glenmore Trail/Highway 8
Once opened, the completed ring road and its connections to Calgary’s streets will make our transportation network better. The 100 kilometre uninterrupted highway will connect people with communities, places of work, and major destinations in and outside of Calgary.
But the ring road doesn’t just move people faster – it moves things faster too. Calgary is becoming a major distribution centre and is the home to established and growing industrial parks. Connecting the ring road to Calgary’s major streets allows direct access to those industrial centres, while also by-passing the city. It allows for better and faster distribution to Calgary, Alberta and throughout western Canada.
The City’s role: improving connections around Calgary
To make a complete road network, the right connections are necessary. There are 11 locations where The City is designing and, in some cases, constructing roads that will connect the ring road to southwest Calgary.
Some of the connections will be new – like West Hills Way – while other projects will improve existing streets. For example, widening Anderson Road will make it more attractive to drivers. Well-designed links to the ring road will keep Calgary moving and will provide a number of benefits for citizens such as:
- Faster and more efficient travel options
- Improved traffic routing
- Improved safety and access by putting the right traffic on the right roads
- Reduced traffic impacts on nearby neighbourhoods
These improvements will give people more options to travel around Calgary.
You can find out more information on Calgary’s ring road at Alberta Transportation: