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Glenmore Dam infrastructure improvements

The Glenmore Dam will be under construction from spring 2017 until 2020. Upgrades include a new bridge deck with better access for pathway users, concrete work on the face of the dam and a new steel gate and hoist system.

Why is the Glenmore Dam being improved?

Since the 1930’s the Glenmore Dam has been integral to Calgary’s water infrastructure system. An upgrade is needed due to the age of the dam.

Construction impacts

  • The public pathway across the Glenmore Dam bridge deck will be closed from September 30th, 2017 until project completion (estimated spring 2020). A detour is in place, as is signage.
  • Public parking will be restricted. Due to construction traffic parking will be temporarily eliminated north of 14 St. S.W.
  • We are pleased to share that the project remains on schedule. As a result, we don't foresee a disruption to the 2019 boating season. Given the complex nature of the project, the possibility of unforeseen weather events could impact or change timelines.
  • Safety is our top priority. Throughout the project, some areas may be temporarily fenced off to accommodate construction.
  • Work will be performed from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturdays. Periods of 24 hour activity are anticipated but are not expected to cause noise related issues.

What will the improvements look like?

Photo Gallery - Unclassified

  • Construction Progress - March 2019
  • Construction Progress - March 2019
  • Construction Progress - March 2019
  • Construction Progress - March 2019
  • Construction Progress - March 2019
  • Construction Progress - March 2019
  • Construction Progress - March 2019

Architectural renderings

Architectural renderings
Architectural renderings



Construction milestones

  • Demolition and removal of all original bridge deck and wooden stop log components
  • Completion of the new concrete weir crest extension
  • Drilling of new rock anchors on the spillway crest
  • Completion of existing anchor testing in the stilling basin (downstream)
  • Launch and continued use of crane/barge assembly on the reservoir (upstream)
  • Completion of the north sections of the new bridge deck/pathway
  • Partial completion of main and intermediate pier construction
  • Continuation of all site environmental inspections, installation of bird deterrent measures and completion of fish rescues
  • Continued focus on site safety with no incidents to date
  • Delivery of first stage of gate and hoist material to site

What are the benefits of this project?

  • Continue to provide safe, clean drinking water for generations
  • Improve user access to the bridge deck with a wider, more pedestrian friendly pathway
  • Extended lifespan of the concrete dam and bridge deck
  • Enhanced the appearance of the Glenmore Dam, an iconic structure and one of the City's oldest landmarks
  • Flood resiliency - The new steel gate and hoist system form a critical part of the flood resiliency plan for the Elbow River. To learn more about what The City is doing, and how we’re increasing flood resiliency for Calgary, read our Flood Resiliency Plan.