In April 2014, I brought forth a Notice of Motion to Council
calling for an administrative review of West and Southwest Ring Road Impacts and
Funding. The review was brought to Council on December 7, 2015. ThisWEST AND SOUTH WEST RING ROAD DOWNSTREAM TRAFFIC IMPACTS.pdf report details Ring Road
Connections, Downstream Traffic Impacts Analysis Results, and Sarcee Trail
Scenarios and Analysis. Among other
identified areas along the Sarcee Trail corridor, City administration
recommended the need to review interchange design options for Sarcee Trail at
Richmond Road SW. This recommendation went to the Transportation and Transit
Standing Policy Committee on September 21, 2016. The study is expected to
conclude in fall 2017, and administration will report back to the committee in
Q1 2018. You can access that report here: SARCEE TRAIL AND RICHMOND ROAD INTERCHANGE FUNCTIONAL PLANNING STUDY.pdf.
The City of Calgary is currently undertaking a study for the
Sarcee Trail & Richmond Road SW interchange. Although there is currently no
funding allocated to construct an interchange at this location, The City hopes
to get approval from Council for these plans and have the interchange included
as a candidate project for funding in 2018. This timing allows us to evaluate
options to design and construct the preferred interchange plan in coordination
with the Southwest Calgary Ring Road (SWCRR) project, which is scheduled to
open by 2021.
An interchange at Richmond Road and Sarcee Trail would
provide mobility benefits to the transportation network and adjacent
communities. In addition, due to the proximity to the SWCRR interchange going
in at Glenmore and Sarcee Trail SW, an interchange at this location would
alleviate a lot of current traffic congestion challenges. The fact still remains that timing of the
West Calgary Ring Road (WCRR) is critical in defining the need for investment
in Sarcee Trail. I have been very active
in working with the Provincial Government to encourage a timely announcement of
a construction start date for the WCRR.
Unlike projects in the Ring Road Connections Program
identified as required by the Province for the City to fund and build, an
interchange at this location was not identified as a requirement that needs to
be constructed at the same time as the construction of the SWCRR. A split
signalized intersection, which is currently in place at this location, will
still operate safely once the SWCRR opens. Since there is no funding for this
project, the goal is to complete the study and include the recommended
interchange design in the next capital planning process scheduled for 2018.
This would allow The City to evaluate the option to have construction coincide
with the SWCRR if it were to receive funding. Please visit the project website
which will be updated as the study progresses.
As part of the design study for options at Sarcee Trail
& Richmond Road SW, please join us at one of the following Open House
Open House #1 - Monday, November 21
Time: 5 to 8 p.m.
Location: Glamorgan Community
Association, Main Hall
4207 41 Avenue SW
Open House #2 - Saturday, November 26
Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Glamorgan School, Main
50 Grafton Drive SW
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