West Ring Road
December I met with the Deputy Minister of Transportation, the project lead at Alberta
Transportation, and the City’s General Manager of Transportation and his staff
to continue lobbying for the completion of the West Calgary Ring Road (WCRR). We presented the City financial case and
quality-of-life benefits of the completion of the WCRR, and the critical
importance of starting this project in time to coincide with the completion of
the South West Calgary Ring Road (SWCRR). I met again briefly later in December with the
Deputy Minister and Minister of Transportation, and have been assured that our
voice has been heard over the past several years. The timing of when the WCRR
project will commence will be announced by the Government of Alberta. The
Minister indicated to me that we may hear news in the Spring Budget, but he did
not make a commitment to an announcement. Please view my website
for previous updates regarding our Ring Road advocacy efforts and history of the
Gravel Pit & Haul Road
a goal of acquiring valuable construction materials for the SWCRR, Alberta Transportation
announced in December that they and their partners, KGL, will begin a gravel
mining operation including a haul road early this year. This will take place west
of the community of West Springs in the Transportation Utility Corridor, essentially
between Old Banff Coach Road and Bow Trail, in the future location of the WCRR.
have concerns about traffic disruption, heavy gravel truck traffic, as well as dust
and noise pollution, and both your Ward 6 office and City departments are
preparing for mitigating the impacts of this very recent announcement. The good
news is that the WCRR will be lowered by as much as seven metres below grade in
the mining operation area – attenuating noise impacts and diminishing WCRR
traffic sight lines for residents once the construction is complete. Please see this link
for maps and detailed information.
this is an Alberta Transportation project being built on their land in the Transportation
Utility Corridor, the City and the construction contractor KGL all play a role.
If you have questions or require further information on a specific location or
items, please see the reference guide below to assist in deciding who is best
- Constructing the Ring Road, including final design, schedule, gravel pit information, dust
and noise concerns, or traffic detours:
- Constructing Calgary’s connections and road improvements in City limits:
- History and location of the ring
road and its interchanges, bridges and roads:
Old Banff Coach Road & 77th Street SW
some time, the intersection of Old Banff Coach Road at 77 Street SW by the
Calgary French & International School has been congested, especially at
peak drop-off and pick-up times. As you may have noticed, we were finally able
to get traffic lights installed at this location which became fully operational
in December. This will increase safety
for all modes of transportation. There will be some road and curb
rehabilitation work, and permanent signing that will be completed in the
springtime with warmer weather.
Old Banff Coach Road & 89th Street SW
listened to your concerns regarding pedestrian safety at Old Banff Coach Road
and 89th Street SW. In addition to neon reflective sleeves to alert drivers of
this pedestrian crossing, temporary curb bulbs were placed at this intersection
to reduce the number of travel lanes through the intersection, encouraging
drivers to slow down. Changing driver behaviour is a very effective way
to improve pedestrian safety. Current traffic volumes at this intersection do
not require the number of lanes that exist; these bulbs reduce the number of
lanes that need to be crossed and shorten pedestrian crossing times. City
Roads installed another speed limit sign for eastbound drivers arriving in the City,
perhaps habituated to highway speeds coming from the mountains, to again remind
drivers of the speed limit.
speaking with community leaders and concerned residents, I heard your desires for
an option that would allow pedestrians to control signals for crossing.
Our office worked diligently with Roads to apply for Rectangular Rapid Flashing
Beacons (RRFBs) at this location, and I am happy to report to you that Roads plans
to install these this month. However, crews’
schedules may be impacted by the cold weather. This solution will be monitored
and the intersection will be reviewed on an ongoing basis as pedestrian and
traffic patterns change.
17th Avenue & 77th Street SW
There have been concerns here
regarding safety and efficiency at this intersection, especially around
drop-off and pick-up times at Rundle College.
I asked Roads to do a warrant study for a traffic signal at this
location. A traffic signal warrant study has been performed for this
intersection using vehicle and pedestrian counts from April 2016. The
warrant score was 91 points, which is below the minimum score of 100 points
needed for a signal to be considered as warranted. However, another
vehicle and pedestrian count will be undertaken this year and the warrant study
will be updated based on this data. Effective work by the Springbank Hill Community
Association has heightened awareness of the future traffic impacts of the new
school on 26th Avenue SW at this intersection and these analyses are
underway. In summary, new traffic counts will be performed this year to
reassess this location for the installation of a traffic signal at this
Bow Trail Widening and Intersection Improvements
City is making upgrades to provide a better road network by accommodating
existing and future traffic volumes on Bow Trail SW. This particular project involves a number of
Bow Trail widening from two to four lanes
between Old Banff Coach Road and 85 Street SW,
Intersection improvements at 85 Street and Bow
Trail by adding dedicated left- and right-turn lanes as well as through lanes
in each direction,
A pathway along Bow Trail connecting trails on
Old Banff Coach Road and 85 Street SW.
may have noticed late last year work started on improving the intersection at
Bow Trail and 85 Street SW. This work included widening southbound 85 Street
south of Bow Trail to two lanes, matching the road alignment further south.
Improvements also included extending the sidewalk on the west side of 85 Street
north to Bow Trail. For complete information, project updates, and timelines,
please visit calgary.ca/bowtrail-swrr.
West LRT Traffic Signal Adjustment FAQ
West LRT project is the largest infrastructure endeavour ever undertaken by the
City of Calgary. With the addition of 8.2 kilometres of track between downtown
and 69 Street SW, you may have noticed more adjustments in signal timings at
some of the affected intersections. As frequently asked questions come up
regarding these intersections and signal adjustments, please view intersection
specific and general questions and answers here.
Medicine Hill/Trinity Hills Development
December, I organized and chaired a meeting with the developers, as well as the
City Director of Planning, City planners, Mayor Nenshi’s Chief of Staff, and
Ward 1 Councillor Sutherland to address limitations with the application for a Development
Permit for Medicine Hill. I, and all
City stakeholders, would like to see a Development Permit that more closely
aligns with what the developers initially proposed. Trinity Hills has agreed to
bring back the original architects to the project to address these shortcomings
and provide an updated Development Permit application.
Springbank Area Structure Plan – South of 17 Avenue
between 85 Street & 77 Street SW
Springbank Hill Area Structure Plan project team ended 2016 with several
productive meetings where the focus was to finalize land use concepts within
the study area. Internal discussions in January 2017 will focus on the most
effective ways to share information with external stakeholders that includes
the landowners, Springbank Hill Community Association, and existing residents
within the plan area. Draft concepts will be shared with stakeholders for their
feedback, and a draft Land Use Concept and map with projected density targets will
be released on January 31. Please join the project team and stakeholders to
give your feedback on the draft ASP from 5 – 8 p.m. on both Monday and Tuesday,
February 6 and 7, 2017, at Westside Kings Church - 3939 69 Street SW.
West District Area Structure Plan – South of Old Banff Coach Road between
85th and 77th St SW
December, I brought forward a Notice of Motion at Council to amend the West Springs Area Structure Plan in
favour of comprehensive planning approach facilitated under a primary
landowner. Council directed the City of Calgary to enter into an agreement for
a Developer Funded Area Structure Plan with the corresponding landowners; as in
past experiences, this approach has provided benefits for landowners and the
City of Calgary in time, innovation, cooperation and cost-recovery for
community planning, as well as local residents in coordinating complete
communities. A key benefit to master
planning is the ability to coordinate utility connections on roads – a
challenge in our annexation areas, where we have the most fragmented land ownership
in the City.
District is to be a master-planned, compact, higher intensity, transit supportive,
and mixed-use neighbourhood. Further information and updates as to how to
provide input will be forthcoming once the planning gets under way.
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