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Ward 3 News: 96 Avenue status

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The City of Calgary opened the 96 Avenue N.E. extension August 6th led by Calgary Transit’s Route 300 bus. As a result of this roadway extension, the Route 300 will now use 96 Avenue N.E. to go to-and-from the Calgary International Airport terminal and connect with downtown.

The six-lane roadway is operational between Harvest Hills Boulevard and Deerfoot Trail except for the section that goes over Nose Creek and the CP Railway tracks. At that point, both eastbound and westbound traffic are using an interim two-way traffic set up along the three southerly lanes until remedial work is completed on the westbound bridge deck over Nose Creek. The entire roadway (both eastbound and westbound lanes) will open once the remedial work on the fourth bridge deck has been completed, anticipated for late 2013 or early 2014.

The other key elements of the project included improvements to the Airport Trail and Deerfoot Trail interchange to allow for traffic movement in all directions, construction of a regional pathway and construction of a noise barrier on the north side of 96 Avenue N.E.

Key messages

  • The opening of the 96 Avenue NE extension is good news to residents in north-central Calgary who now have another way to access Deerfoot Trail. This new roadway also provides people in northwest and north central Calgary with a significantly shorter trip to the Calgary International Airport.
  • The safety of Calgary’s motoring public is of paramount importance. Through its quality assurance inspection processes, The City ensures that transportation infrastructure projects are meeting stringent construction guidelines.
  • City quality assurance investigations in the summer of 2012 determined that there was evidence of deficiencies on the bridge decks over Nose Creek and the CP Railway tracks.
  • It was determined that there were no structural concerns with three of the bridge decks, and that they could be made operational with some repair work as per the construction contract. This work has now been completed and most of the six-lane roadway is fully operational except for the section that goes over Nose Creek and the CP Railway tracks.
  • The most significant deficiency is with the westbound bridge deck over Nose Creek and major remedial work is required to bring this bridge into operation and to ensure it meets The City’s durability requirements.
  • The other key elements of the project included improvements to the Airport Trail/Deerfoot Trail interchange to allow for traffic movement in all directions, construction of a regional pathway and construction of a noise barrier on the north side of 96 Avenue N.E.

Questions & answers

What is the overall scope of the project?

  • Construction of a six-lane extension of 96 Avenue N.E. from Harvest Hills Link east to Deerfoot Trail.
  • Construction of four bridge structures—two over the CPR tracks and two over Nose Creek.
  • Improvements to the Airport Trail and Deerfoot Trail interchange (owned by the Province of Alberta).
  • Construction of a regional pathway from the Harvest Hills community east and across Deerfoot Trail.
  • Construction of a new noise barrier on the north side of 96 Avenue from Harvest Gold Manor east to 6 Street NE.
  • Construction of a stormwater connection from 96 Avenue to the Aurora Business Park wetland.

How do the design plans take into consideration the CPR tracks and Nose Creek?

Four bridge structures were constructed—two over the CPR tracks and two over Nose Creek. The CPR bridge structures, approximately 40 metres long, are designed to clear-span the required railway right-of-way, providing for a total of four railway tracks and for a possible high speed rail line.

The Nose Creek bridge structures are approximately 75 metres long. This length is required to minimize impacts and to the creek and to allow for wildlife passage and a regional pathway beneath the structure.

What is the current status of the project?

Project quality assurance investigations in the summer of 2012 revealed deficiencies on all of the bridge decks under construction at that time over Nose Creek and the CP Railway tracks. It was determined that there were no structural concerns with three of the bridge decks, and that they could be made operational by deck finishing work outlined in the construction contract.

The most significant deficiency was associated with the westbound bridge deck over Nose Creek. Additional repair work is required to ensure the bridge deck meets The City's construction and durability requirements. The entire roadway (both eastbound and westbound lanes) will open once the remedial work on the fourth bridge deck has been completed, anticipated for late 2013 or early 2014.

How is Alberta Transportation involved?

Alberta Transportation has jurisdictional responsibility for the Airport Trail and Deerfoot Trail interchange as part of the Deerfoot Trail corridor; however, this portion of the project is a cooperative effort between The City of Calgary and Alberta Transportation. The roadway extension of 96 Avenue, the Regional Pathway and the improvements to the Airport Trail and Deerfoot Trail interchange have all moved ahead concurrently.

How will these additional repairs to the bridge decks and subsequent delay in completion of the extension affect the project’s budget?

The 96 Avenue NE Extension project overall remains under budget. The contract overruns are being addressed through available budget contingency.  Recovery of overrun costs from other responsible parties is being pursued through the provisions included in The City’s contracts.

Background

Construction on this roadway project began in 2010 and includes the extension of 96 Avenue N.E., a regional pathway and improvements to the Airport Trail/Deerfoot Trail interchange. A noise barrier along 96 Avenue was completed in 2010. Project quality assurance investigations in the summer of 2012 produced evidence of deficiencies on all of the bridge decks under construction at that time over Nose Creek and the CP Railway tracks. It was determined that there were no structural concerns with three of the bridge decks, and that they could be made operational by deck finishing work outlined in the construction contract. The most significant deficiency was associated with the westbound bridge deck over Nose Creek. Additional repair work is required to ensure the bridge deck meets The City’s construction and durability requirements. The entire roadway (both eastbound and westbound lanes) will open once the remedial work on the fourth bridge deck has been completed, anticipated for late 2013 or early 2014.




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