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March Update on West Springs Gravel Pit and Haul Road

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Ward 6 official website
March 28, 2017
 
CONSTRUCTION UPDATES FROM KGL:
 
Activity and Location: Ahead of the construction season for the Southwest Calgary Ring Road (SWCRR), KGL Constructors will be developing the gravel pit in the Transportation Utility Corridor (TUC) south of Old Banff Coach Road S.W. Upcoming activities are expected to include:
  • Clearing of trees, bushes and other vegetation
  • Earthworks to stockpile topsoil next to the gravel pit
  • Construction of a berm between the gravel pit and community of West Springs
  • Earthworks to build a two-way haul road from the gravel pit to Highway 8
  • Installation of traffic controls where the haul road crosses 17 Avenue and Lower Springbank Road S.W., and at the intersection with Highway 8
  • Installation of air quality and noise level monitoring equipment
  • Planting of trees near the berm to reduce site impacts
  • Gravel extraction and crushing operations
 
Crushing operations are expected to start on the site in April 2017, while trucks will start running on the haul road to supply material to the SWCRR in the summer of 2017. The widening of the haul road is expected to remove the majority of truck traffic from public roads.
 
Further information regarding the gravel pit and haul road proposed for the SWCRR project, including noise and dust mitigation measures, is available at http://www.swcrrproject.com/media-centre/alignment-maps/.
 
Work Dates: March 2017 to 2021 (TBC)
Work Hours: Monday to Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Sundays and holidays from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
 
2017 Pit Operational Plan
 
For your safety, please obey all construction signs and traffic controls when travelling through the area.
 
For more information, download the newly-updated Info Sheet.
 
KGL would like to thank you for your patience during this period of construction. For questions or comments, please contact KGL on their 24/7 line:
403-212-0565
 
Gravel Pit Cross Section
 
UPDATES FROM MLA DEBORAH DREVER TO THE WEST SPRINGS COUGAR RIDGE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
 
Alberta Transportation has agreed to create a shelter belt of trees within the 10 metres between the berm and the property line.
  • The trees are scheduled to be planted this spring when the environment has become favorable for planting.
  • The treed buffer zone will be 520 metres long White Spruce, Long pole Pine and Trembling Aspen trees will be planted together with 9 trees distributed in every 10 metre increments
  • A combination of yearling and mature trees will be used varying in height from 1-3 metres tall which will grow in height and width in the coming seasons

** For better perspective, please click on these links to review the accompanying images that outline where the trees will be planted:

WCRR Pit – KGL Plan Tree Planting and Clearing-1

MLA Drever has been committed to expressing the community’s concerns related to this project with Alberta Transportation. The Ministry has assured us that they are absolutely willing to listen to your concerns and do what they can to reduce the impact of this gravel operation on your daily life, while still meeting the requirements of this important project:
  • In response to your concerns about truck traffic on 101 Street, KGL is working to develop a two-way haul road that will allow trucks to travel in both directions from the gravel pit to Highway 8—bypassing 101 Street altogether.
    Tree Clearing for haul road
  • In response to your concerns about the location and size of the sound barrier that the contractor will be building to deflect noise and dust from the gravel pit away from your homes. It has been moved west and raised in height to four metres.
  • You asked that the back-up alarms on our contractor’s trucks be modified to reduce the amount of noise they make. We’re doing this.
  • You asked that we ensure site lighting is oriented away from the community and only used during working hours. We will make sure this happens.
  • In response to the concerns raised about ambient air quality, 3rd party monitoring will be installed along the property lines and around the construction site. While there is currently no legislation for ambient air quality in the province of Alberta, or federally, Alberta will be adopting Ontario’s guideline—a non-occupational exposure limit of 5 microns per cubic metre of air over a 24-hour period. (The non-occupational limit is lower than occupational because it errs on the side of protecting more vulnerable segments of society—i.e. children—and assumes 24 hour exposure.
A 24 hour telephone line has opened to further support an open line of communication with the community during the life of this project. You can call the project’s 24/hour phone line at 403-212-0565, or email at info@SWCRRproject.com.
 

 

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