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Sarcee Trail and Richmond Road intersection improvements

Project update - November 9, 2020

Construction update

Crews have completed the majority of intersection improvement work at Sarcee Trail and Richmond Road, and will be focusing on remaining elements over the coming weeks. Remaining work includes:

  • Concrete safety barriers
  • landscaping

Weather dependent, the project is expected to be complete this fall, by the end of November.

Note: Construction schedules may change based on unexpected weather or site conditions.

Project scope

By improving the Sarcee Trail and Richmond Road intersection, we're making sure people can continue to travel through this area efficiently, after the Southwest Calgary Ring Road opens in fall 2021. Here are the improvements to this area of Calgary, after the ring road opens:

  • Adds one northbound and one southbound lane on Sarcee Trail, between Optimist Park and the Transportation Utility corridor
  • Improves traffic signal timing at the intersection
  • Widens existing pathway along the south side of the intersection.

Project design

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Project background

Construction of the South West Calgary Ring Road is underway. This new, major connection to Glenmore Trail and Sarcee Trail is scheduled to open in Fall 2021. In 2015, The City studied whether the future traffic volumes and patterns would change on Calgary's roads, once this new piece of the ring road opens. The study recommended improvements to the Sarcee Trail and Richmond Road intersection, which will reduce the expected traffic congestion.

In 2018, The City completed the Sarcee Trail / Richmond Road S.W. interchange functional planning study. The Sarcee Trail / Richmond Road S.W. interchange is not funded in the next 2019-2022 budget cycle. The City will continue to monitor the Sarcee Trail and Richmond Road intersection once the Southwest Calgary Ring Road and the West Calgary Ring Road are open for traffic. The interchange project will be reviewed as a potential candidate as part of the next budget cycle in 2023-2026.


  • Finalize design elements: Spring 2020 - COMPLETE
  • Tender and award contract: Spring 2020 -¬†COMPLETE
  • Begin construction: Summer 2020
  • Complete construction: Winter 2020

*Construction is dependent on weather, site conditions and timing of other projects in the neighbourhood. Updates will be provided regularly, but dates may change.


Budget approved: $7 million.

The budget was approved by Council, as part of One Calgary's Service Line "Streets".