As the Southwest Calgary Ring Road (SWCRR) begins
construction, the City of Calgary is planning to mitigate downstream impacts in
several ways throughout Ward 6. As part of the SWCRR, Alberta Transportation is
building a complex interchange at Highway 8 and Sarcee
, which requires The City to ensure traffic safety and manage
congestion by building an overpass at Richmond Road and Sarcee Trail SW.
Information sessions regarding this interchange are anticipated in the latter
half of November this year. Other impacts include the opening of a new road
called Westhills Way SW, behind the Westhills shopping centre, which is already
underway. This road will be open for public use once the SWCRR is completed.
For more information on this project, please visit calgary.ca/westhillsway
I continue to work with the Provincial Government to
encourage the announcement of a construction start date for the West Calgary Ring
Road (WCRR). This final segment of the
Stoney Trail expressway circling the city will connect the Highway 8 stretch of
the SWCRR to Stoney Trail at the TransCanada Highway, essentially along the
western side of our Ward.
I believe it is vital to address Ward 6 traffic congestion
with a timely announcement of the WCRR. Among many benefits, the WCRR will help
solve our local access issues as a consequence of the closure of Winsport’s
private road. Also, it is estimated the
WCRR will reduce traffic north and south bound on Sarcee Trial by 30-40%,
alleviating significant traffic pressure at the Bow Trail intersection. Eastbound Bow Trail traffic turning north at
Sarcee Trail will also be reduced as the WCRR route will provide more efficiencies
for the many seeking connection to the TransCanada or other northerly
Finally, design is being finalized for improvements at the
intersection of Bow Trail and 85 Street SW, including the widening of Bow Trail
SW between Old Banff Coach Road and 85 Street SW. The City anticipates
beginning construction next year.
You can stay up-to-date on all Ward 6 downstream impacts on
my website, calgary.ca/ward6, and we
will continue to provide updates in The Ward 6 Report. The next edition will be sent out in
November. As we receive updates and information sessions are confirmed, we will
be advertising these updates on our website, as well as @pootmans Twitter and
Facebook pages. In addition, we look forward to being able to provide you
updates on the status of finishing the Calgary Ring Road with the West leg,
which has yet to be announced by the Government of Alberta.
This content represents the personal views and opinions of the Ward Councillor and should not be taken as a statement of policy of The City of Calgary. The inclusion of any external content does not imply endorsement by The City of Calgary.