By Diane Colley-Urquhart on April 3 2017
Recently I have heard from many of my Ward 13 constituents requesting an update on The City widening of Anderson Road SW, as The City is looking to increase the thoroughfare to six lanes between the Southwest Ring Road (SWRR) and Elbow Drive.
This improvement looks to provide a better road network by offering an attractive alternative for people travelling east-west through the area between the SWRR and city destinations. Construction on this project is expected to begin June 2017 and will be wrapped up by the end of 2018.
In preparation of construction, approximately 111 trees will be removed along Anderson Road between Elbow Drive and the future SWRR in the first two weeks of April 2017. I find this to be very disappointing, however by the time the project wraps up at the end of 2018, The City will have replanted 281 poplar and spruce trees along this stretch of Anderson Road.
Many of you also voiced concerns over the removal/replanting of trees in the area. The City examined the trees that were to be removed and found that many were not in good health and would not survive the process of replanting. Approximately 12 of the larger trees will be used for a Parks and Water Resources initiative for creating a fish habitat.
The remaining trees will be mulched and that mulch will be placed near the project area and be free public use. The mulch will be available in mid April for two to three weeks once all of the tree removals have been completed and the equipment has left the area. The mulch pile will be placed off of the west side of 14th Street, south of Anderson Road. Residents of all Wards are encouraged to bring shovels and bags to collect the mulch for residential use.
If you would like to learn more about the Anderson Road widening project and the 90 Avenue and Southland Drive connections project, The City will be holding an information session to provide updates on these two Calgary-led Ring Road transportation projects.
When: Thursday, May 25th, 2017
Time: 5-8 PM.
Where: Southland Leisure Centre, Pool Viewing Area – 2000 Southland Drive SW
No RSVP is required. Please join me, along with representatives from Alberta Transportation and KGL Constructors who will also be available to answer questions related to the Southwest Ring Road.
I will continue to be actively involved in the upcoming citizen engagement process on this project and I urge you to get involved and continue to give me your feedback. I deeply appreciate all the time, effort and concerns citizens have raised.