Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Two transportation projects keep south Calgary communities connected

As south Calgary continues to grow and develop with people and communities, the City of Calgary wants to make sure these communities are well connected.

That’s why construction has now begun on a connector road between Macleod Trail and Sheriff King Street, ultimately connecting to Spruce Meadows Way.

The new road will provide access to communities west of the CPR tracks and future growth areas in the West Macleod region, identified as a Priority Growth Area by City Council. It’s anticipated that the area will eventually have a population of more than 30,000 people.

“This project provides for better transportation of people, goods and services, and will energize growth of future and planned development in the area,” said Project Manager Nik Danilov. “By investing in this roadway, the City is building the infrastructure that we know we’re going to need in the future, and allow people and communities to connect more easily.”

Crews will construct a four-lane divided roadway with multi-use pathways on both sides and will overpass the CPR tracks and future LRT tracks. There will also be some modifications to the intersections at Macleod Trail and at Sheriff King Street.

The City places a high value on the natural environment and is committed to achieving environmental sustainability. This includes a unique wildlife corridor underneath the new road through a large wetland area known as the Priddis Slough. Working with Alberta Environment and The City’s Parks department, plans have been put in place to minimize any environmental impacts.

Project completion is anticipated to be late 2018. For details about this project, visit www.calgary.ca/macleod194ave.

Meanwhile, with work currently underway on the Southwest Calgary Ring Road (SWCRR), the City wants to ensure that strong connections are maintained for local communities.

As a result, the City has now started construction on widening Spruce Meadows Way S.W. to four lanes between the SWCRR and 194 Avenue SW. This will provide improved access for surrounding communities, including Silverado, area businesses and future development areas.

“We want to make sure that current and future communities in south Calgary remain connected to the existing road network, especially during the construction of the Southwest Ring Road,” said Julie Radke, Manager of Ring Road Integration. “These improvements provide more efficient movement of people and goods and another option for motorists travelling to and from the ring road.”

This project will also provide better traffic flow and access into the Spruce Meadows event centre, attended by thousands of Calgarians annually. Construction is currently underway on the northbound lanes of Spruce Meadows Way while construction on southbound lanes is being planned for September. Project completion is anticipated to be late 2017.

The Government of Alberta has committed to completing the Southwest portion of the Ring Road. Although the majority of these construction costs will be covered by the Province, the City is responsible for funding and building a number of connections along the SW Ring Road. These connections will require upgrades to the existing infrastructure.

Other City-led projects related to the SWCRR include:
·         Extending 90 Avenue S.W. and Southland Drive
·         Extending 162 Avenue S.W.
·         Construction of Westhills Way
·         Widening of Anderson Road
·         Widening Bow Trail and intersection upgrades at Bow Trail/85 Street S.W.
·         Widening Glenmore Trail and modification of Glenmore/Crowchild Trail interchange.

For more details on the Spruce Meadows Way widening project, go to www.calgary.ca/sprucemeadowsway-swrr. To learn more about the City-led projects connecting Calgary’s road network to the ring road, as well as information on SWCRR, visit The City’s southwest ring road home page, www.calgary.ca/swrr.

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