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Richmond Road & Sarcee Trail SW Interchange Design November Open Houses

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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.pdfWEST 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.pdfSARCEE 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 at www.calgary.ca/sarceerichmond, 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 opportunities:

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 Gym
50 Grafton Drive SW
 
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