The balance of the Calgary Ring Road project has been divided into two parts, the Southwest Calgary Ring Road (SWCRR), and the yet to be announced West Calgary Ring Road (WCRR). Essentially, the SWCRR includes the portion extending from Highway 22 in the south through the Tsuu T’ina reserve to Highway 8 at Sarcee Trail SW, and extending west along Highway 8 to Lott Creek. It also includes improvements along Glenmore Trail, notably intersections at 37th Street SW and Crowchild Trail. The tendering process is underway, and construction is expected to begin later this year.
The WCRR will extend from Highway 8, just east of the 101st Street SW right-of-way, to the TransCanada Highway. It is this portion I am advocating for with Provincial Ministers. In my discussions with the Alberta Government, I am encouraging a timely start of the WCRR. I am concerned that there is a risk of unmanageable traffic congestion on Sarcee Trail SW if the SWRR is completed before the WCRR.
On related issues, in April 2014, I brought forth a Notice of Motion calling for an Administrative review of West and Southwest Ring Road Impacts & Funding. Now that Council approved the West and Southwest Ring Road Downstream Traffic Impact report, The City is beginning to coordinate and plan for its own work related to the ring road. Here are the highlights:
Construction on the following projects is expected to begin in 2016:
• West Hills Way (which will run behind Rona and Best Buy in West Hills, between Richmond Road and the Ring Road, currently Highway 8): This new road will be the first City of Calgary led ring road project to begin construction. A project web page is underway, which will include detailed design, schedule and project updates. More information will be available through March as the project design progresses.
• Spruce Meadows Way widening: The widening is currently under design and is anticipated to begin construction in 2016.
Design work will advance on the following projects through 2016, with the expectation that construction begins in 2017:
• Anderson Road widening, between the ring road and Elbow Drive,
• 90 Avenue SW connection,
• Southland Drive connection,
Design work will advance on the following projects through 2016-2017, with the expectation that construction begins in 2017-2018:
• Bow Trail & 85 Street SW intersection improvements,
• Bow Trail widening to four lanes, between 85 Street SW and Old Banff Coach Road,
• 162 Avenue SW connection.
Planning work will begin for the following projects in 2016:
• The future Sarcee Trail/Richmond Road interchange: The City will use existing plans from 2008 as a starting point for public engagement. The goal is to make sure the design fits with the Ring Road, Sarcee Trail, Richmond Road and provides good connections for the neighbouring communities and destinations.
• Changes to a number of intersections in southwest Calgary: The City is early in the process of carrying out the changes to the identified intersections and will begin the design process for the Council approved intersection improvements in 2016. The design process will result in a schedule for constructing the intersection changes, from 2017-2021.
• Glenmore Trail widening and changes to the Glenmore/Crowchild Trail and 37th St interchanges: Design work will begin on these projects in 2017, with construction anticipated to begin in 2018.