The Government of Alberta approved the completion of Calgary’s ring road, currently named Stoney Trail, with construction on the southwest and west portions expected to begin in 2016 and 2017, respectively. Once opened, the completed 100 kilometre, uninterrupted highway will connect people to communities, places of work, and destinations in and outside of the city, keeping Calgary on the move. As a city on the move, the final southwest piece improves Calgary’s road network:
- Shortens travel time between communities
- Connects popular destinations (activity and employment centres, hospitals, commercial areas, industrial parks)
- Diverts cars from existing busy roads
- Shortens weekend and vacation commutes out of the city
- Provides reliable goods movement into and around Calgary
We updated Council on Monday, Dec. 15 about the current traffic study underway as part of The City’s role with the final piece of the ring road:
We’re at the beginning stages of the traffic study and more analysis is needed. It’s expected we’ll know the final results and recommendations on necessary changes to roadways and intersections in late 2015. We’ll continue to report back to citizens through 2015 as information becomes available.
The City is currently reviewing the feedback we received at the seven information sessions held in fall 2014. At the events, we displayed information on The City’s role with the project while learning about the interests of citizens with the final piece of the ring road.
Check out the completed functional plans for the final pieces of Calgary’s ring road that the Government of Alberta displayed at the information session in fall 2014:
Project objectives - The City of Calgary’s role
There are two tasks The City is currently undertaking to prepare for the final section to open in Calgary’s southwest:
- Design and, in many cases, construct 11 roadways that will connect the ring road to southwest Calgary.
- Follow Council direction to “review the impacts and implications of the new ring road sections, evaluate solutions to mitigate impacts and approach the Province to discuss these solutions including options to fund improvements as part of the ring road program.”
Through Council’s direction, we are studying the expected traffic pattern and volumes on Calgary’s southwest roads when the ring road opens. Based on those results, we will recommend necessary changes to roads, so people can keep moving on the right roads after opening day.
Q4 2014-Q1 2015
- Collect feedback from citizens and communities
- Update Council on City’s ring road projects
Q4 2014-Q3 2015
- Design functional plans for 11 connections
- Provide project updates to citizens
- Report back to citizens on project results
- Report back to Council with functional designs and recommendations from traffic study
- Complete design and construct 8 of 11 connections and roadway improvements before the ring road opens
The Government of Alberta’s role
The Government of Alberta manages the design and construction of the ring road highway; including interchanges, some connections, bridges and all other construction within the Transportation Utility Corridor. The Province is constructing the final ring road pieces as two projects:
You can see maps and drawings of the ring road and interchanges at the above links.
Calgary’s ring road - northwest, northeast and southeast
You can find out more information on Calgary’s ring road at Alberta Transportation:
Other projects of interest
Through the information sessions, we heard comments about other projects that The City has underway. Here’s where you can find more information: