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Southwest Calgary Ring Road - May 2017 Updates

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Construction Season

April marked the beginning of the first full construction season on the Southwest Calgary Ring Road (SWCRR), and things are moving along quickly!

This provincial project is being managed by Alberta Transportation and Mountain View Partners, with design and construction being carried out by KGL Constructors. A job fair in April was hosted to fill 300 positions to begin work, and it is estimated that over 8,500 person years of employment will be created over the life of this project, which is estimated to be completed and open to traffic in the fall of 2021.

Listed below are some of the projects planned (and currently underway) in the Ward 6 area, from Highway 8/Glenmore Trail to 37 Street SW:

  • Construction of new eastbound lanes along Highway 8 and Glenmore Trail
  • Earthworks for the interchange south of Sarcee Trail S.W.
  • Work at the Grey Eagle Resort & Casino to establish a new entrance/exit to Glenmore Trail
  • Preparations for realignment of the Elbow River, including excavation of the new section of river channel, erosion control and planting of native vegetation
  • Utility work along the length of the road segment
  • Development of a gravel pit and crushing operations near Old Banff Coach Road S.W.

Start of Crushing Operations at North Gravel Site

KGL Constructors have moved crushing equipment into place and will be starting crushing at its north gravel site near the intersection of Old Banff Coach Road and 101 Street S.W. in the next few days. Gravel produced at this site will provide a significant portion of the material needed for the Southwest Calgary Ring Road, including gravel for retaining walls, pipe bedding and backfill, and asphalt and base material.

An update was released to the West Springs Cougar Ridge community association by Alberta Transportation regarding the gravel pit summarizing the requirements that the P3 contractor must follow in operating and building the gravel pit.

  • Hours of operation limited to 8AM to 8PM Monday to Saturday and 9AM to 8PM on Sunday and Statutory Holidays.
  • Noise levels will not exceed 65 dBA Leq measured from the residential property line. If exceeded, the contractor must implement noise mitigation measures. 
  • Must maintain at least three noise monitoring stations, and reports provided to the Province on a monthly basis. 
  • Must take all necessary steps to limit dust from pit operations to below the levels required by environmental legislation, or as can be reasonably expected for a residential area. 
  • Must maintain at least three air quality monitoring stations, and reports provided to the Province on a monthly basis. 
    • Alberta Transportation will be working closely with the project contractor to ensure that all recommendations and mitigation measures identified in the report are implemented. Fine particulate matter, silica, dust, wind and noise levels will be regularly monitored throughout the duration of the gravel operation to ensure public health and welfare.
    • Air quality monitoring data will be posted on the Transportation Alberta website as it becomes available:
  • Aggregate can only be used for the SW Calgary Ring Road project.
    • Berms must be installed adjacent to the residential area and appropriately seeded. The berms must be four metres high with a 3:1 side slope and three metre wide rounded crest.
  • A 10 metre buffer zone is left between the berm and the residential property line, and a 3 metre wide drainage swale must be constructed to prevent stormwater from leaving the TUC. 
  • A buffer of existing trees was kept in between the pit and the residences, where trees were pre-existing. 
  • New trees to be planted along the berm. 
  • A security fence must be installed around the pit. 
  • A haul road will be built between the pit and the SW Calgary Ring Road project area to separate fully loaded dump trucks from public roadways. 
  • Processing and stockpiling operations must be moved to the pit bottom as excavation progresses to reduce visual, noise and dust pollution. 
  • A Reclamation Certificate from Alberta Environment and Parks is required upon completion of reclamation.
  • Work Dates: May 2017 to 2021
Pile Driving

Construction Advisory: Pile Driving in the Elbow River Area

As construction work commences for the Southwest Calgary Ring Road (SWCRR), KGL Constructors will be driving piling for the new interchange south of Sarcee Trail and for the bridges in the Elbow River area. The piling will provide foundation support for the new structures. Site impacts are expected to include:

  • An increase in noise during working hours
  • Equipment working in and around the area
  • Equipment entering and exiting roadways

Advisories announcing traffic impacts are posted on the project website at

Scheduled Implementation Date: May 17, 2017
Scheduled Completion Date: August 2017
Hours of Work: Monday to Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sundays and holidays from 9 am to 10 pm.

For your safety, please obey all construction signs and traffic control personnel when travelling through the area.

KGL would like to thank you for your cooperation and patience during this period of construction. 

Going Forward

The Southwest Calgary Ring Road website ( will remain the main source for up-to-date construction updates on the project from a day-to-day basis.

As the City of Calgary enters the Campaign Period of the election year, we will no longer be able to email Ward 6 Report emails to residents. However, we will continue to provide information on our website and social media channels up until Nomination Day (September 18, 2017).

Should you have additional questions or comments, please direct your messages as follows:

  • Day-to-day construction of the Ring Road, including schedule and traffic detours:
  • Requests regarding major project components and milestones (ie. gravel pit, asphalt plant):
  • Inquiries regarding property assessments during construction:

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.

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