Southwest Calgary Ring Road

After decades of planning and anticipation, construction has begun on the Southwest Calgary Ring Road (SWCRR). There’s still lots of preparation underway before breaking ground on the 31 km highway, the longest of Calgary’s ring road sections, which also includes 46 bridges and 14 interchanges. Both the Government of Alberta (GoA) and the City of Calgary are working on their respective pieces to make sure the project meets its opening date in fall 2021.

Preparing for Southwest Calgary Ring Road Construction

The Government of Alberta awarded Mountain View Partners with the contract to design, build, operate and partially finance the Southwest Calgary Ring Road (SWCRR). Mountain View Partners has subcontracted KGL Constructors to design and construct the SWCRR. Preliminary construction work began in fall 2016 and major construction within the Transportation Utility Corridor will begin in spring 2017. For more information on the construction of the SWCRR and traffic updates, visit KGL’s website at www.swcrrproject.com.

The City of Calgary Connections

Anderson Road widening and 162 Avenue S.W. connection – Starting Construction!

Anderson Road widening project

The City is widening Anderson Road SW to six lanes between the SWRR and Elbow Drive. Construction on the widening of Anderson Road between Elbow Drive and the SWRR will begin in early August. In 2017, construction crews will be working between Elbow Drive and 14 Street SW and west of 24 Street SW to the future SWRR. Construction of the noise barriers along Anderson Road will also start this year. This project is expected to be complete by the end of 2019.

Residents may notice periodic increases in construction traffic throughout the project. Periodic lane closures and speed limit reductions may occur, mainly during off-peak hours. We will communicate the timing and location of closures, as well as any major activities or disruptions with area residents. 

162 Avenue SW connection project 

Construction on this project will begin in early August. During construction, residents may notice periodic increases in construction traffic in the area. Construction on this project is expected to be complete by the end of 2017; however, the connection will remain closed until the SWRR opens to traffic in late 2021.

Access from westbound 162 Avenue to Bridlecrest Boulevard SW will remain open until the SWRR is completed. Once the SWRR is open to traffic, the left turn from 162 Avenue to Bridlecrest Boulevard SW will be permanently closed.

Spruce Meadows Way widening

Construction on the Spruce Meadows Way widening project began in May 2017. Construction on the northbound lanes has now begun. Construction on southbound lanes is being planned for September. Completion of the project is anticipated to be late 2017.

Through traffic and private driveway access will be maintained on Spruce Meadows Way S.W. during construction. Periodic lane closures and speed limit reductions may occur.

Bow Trail widening and intersection improvements

As part of the Bow Trail widening project, interim improvements are being made to the intersection of Bow Trail and 85 Street S.W. These improvements include extending the southbound left turning lane on 85 Street north of Bow Trail and adding a second westbound left turning lane on Bow Trail. Construction is currently underway and is expected to be complete in August. Periodic lane closures and speed reductions may occur, mainly during off-peak hours. Construction on the widening project is anticipated to begin in spring 2018 and will be complete by the end of 2018.

90 Avenue S.W. and Southland Drive connections

Construction on this project is expected to begin in early 2018 and will be completed by the end of 2018. The new connections will not open to traffic until the SWRR is completed, in fall 2021. 

Glenmore Trail widening and interchange upgrade

The City is widening Glenmore Trail to six lanes between 37 Street and Crowchild Trail S.W. and modifying the Glenmore Trail/Crowchild Trail S.W. interchange. This project is still in the early design phase. Construction is expected to begin in spring 2018 and is anticipated to be complete in late 2019.

Questions? Visit The City of Calgary’s webpage to learn more about the SWCRR or email the Project team at  yyc-rr@newsletters.calgary.ca.

ENMAX Distribution Relocation Update (August 3, 2017) 

ENMAX has two SWCRR projects coming up that will impact traffic:

  1. Anderson Road crossing (west of the new pedestrian bridge) August 8 to mid-October. Traffic accommodations will be in place weekly, Monday to Saturday.
  2. 37 Street SW crossing at Lakeview Drive SW. Crews will be in the area starting August 8 working on the west and east boulevards of 37 Street SW and the road crossing will happen in about two weeks. After the road crossing is complete, crews will continue installing underground distribution on the north boulevard of Lakeview Drive SW and there will be parking restrictions. A map of the work area is located on our website.
  • NOTE: AltaLink is also working on 37 Street south of Lakeview Drive SW and they have traffic restrictions set up.

Somerville Construction is our contractor for both projects. Our website has been updated to reflect the two projects: https://www.enmax.com/generation-wires/transmission-and-distribution/current-projects/southwest-calgary-ring-road

KGL Traffic Advisory (August 2, 2017) 

Shoulder Closure on Northbound 37 Street S.W.

Location: Northbound 37 Street, about 250 metres north of 146 Avenue S.W.

Impact: Closure of right northbound shoulder for approximately 150 metres

Reason: Excavation for water main

Start date: August 4, 2017, at 8:00 a.m.

Completion date: October 21, 2017, at 4:00 p.m.

KGL Construction Advisory (August 1, 2017) 

Pile Driving near Fish Creek

Activity and Locations: KGL Constructors will be driving piling in the Transportation Utility Corridor in preparation for the new bridge that will be built across Fish Creek. The piling will provide foundation support for the future structure.

Site impacts are expected to include:

  • An increase in noise during working hours
  • Equipment working in and around the area
  • Equipment entering and exiting 37 Street S.W.

Scheduled Implementation Date: August 3, 2017

Scheduled Completion Date: September 1, 2017

Hours of Work: Monday to Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sundays and holidays from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

KGL Traffic Advisory (July 12, 2017) 

Shoulder Closures on Eastbound Highway 22X

Locations:

  • Eastbound Highway 22X just after 37 Street S.W.
  • Eastbound Highway 22X approximately 290 metres east of 24 Street S.W.

Impact: Closure of right shoulder

Reason: Construction of detour

Start date: July 14, 2017, at 7:00 a.m.

Completion date: July 26, 2017, at 5:00 p.m.

Learn more by viewing the advisory here.

KGL Traffic Advisory (***WORK POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE***)

Lane Closures on Westbound Highway 22X

Location: Westbound Highway 22X between James McKevitt Road and 69 Street S.W.

Impacts:

  • Rolling lane closures from east to west of approximately 1 km
  • Traffic control personnel directing vehicles

Reason: Milling of westbound Highway 22X

Start date: July 4, 2017

Completion date: July 20, 2017

Work hours:

  • Weekdays – 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Weekends – 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Speed reduction: 50 km/hr from 70 km/hr

Other information: No milling will be done on the weekend

Learn more by viewing the advisory here.

KGL Construction Advisory (June 30, 2017) 

Installation of Water Main near James McKevitt Road

Activity and Location: As part of the work for the Southwest Calgary Ring Road (SWCRR), KGL Constructors will be installing a water main near the intersection of Highway 22X and James McKevitt Road S.W.

Activity in and around the site is expected to include:

  • Excavation for the new water main
  • Drilling for the section of water main under Highway 22X
  • Equipment operating in the area
  • Equipment entering and exiting roadways
  • An increase in noise during working hours

Construction to install the new water main near the communities of Somerset and Silverado will continue until mid-August 2017.

Scheduled Implementation Date: July 4, 2017
Scheduled Completion Date: August 18, 2017
Hours of Work: Monday to Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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

Please view the construction advisory to learn more. 

KGL Construction Advisory (June 28, 2017) 

Please see the following construction advisory announcing a change of access to the Tsuut’ina Nation. This will include the opening of the new Buffalo Run Boulevard on July 1 and the closure of existing access on Bullhead Road on August 1.

KGL Traffic Advisory (June 12, 2017)

Speed Reduction and Traffic Control on Highway 22X

Location: Eastbound and westbound Highway 22X from 24 Street to James Mckevitt/Spruce Meadows Way S.W.

Impact: Speed limit reduction to 50 km/hr and traffic control personnel at intersections

Reason: Spruce Meadows National

Start date: June 10, 2017

Completion date: June 11, 2017

Hours: 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on both days

Speed reduction: 50 km/hr from 70 km/hr

Other information: The Calgary Police Service will be at the intersections to provide traffic control

KGL Traffic Advisory (June 6, 2017)

New Four-Way Stop on 24 Street

Location: 24 Street S.W., south of Highway 22X near the ATCO utility station

Impacts:

  • Installation of a new four-way stop

Reason: Construction haul trucks crossing 24 Street

Start date: June 6, 2017, at 7:00 a.m.

Completion date: July 18, 2017, at 5:00 p.m.

KGL Traffic Advisory (June 6, 2017)

Haul Truck Crossing Macleod Trail Ramps

Location: Southeast portion of the Macleod Trail S.E. and Highway 22X interchange

Impacts:

  • Traffic lights on loop ramp from eastbound Highway 22X to northbound Macleod Trail
  • Trucks entering ramp from northbound Macleod Trail to westbound/eastbound Highway 22X

Reason: Construction haul trucks crossing ramps

Start date: June 9, 2017

Completion date: August 1, 2017

Other information: The crossing will only be active during the project hours of Monday to Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sundays and holidays from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

KGL Traffic Advisory (May 24, 2017)

Haul Truck Crossing on 146 Avenue SW

Location: 146 Avenue, approximately 300 metres west of 37 Street / Fish Creek Boulevard SW

Impacts:

  • Traffic control personnel directing vehicles
  • Steel plates across 146 Avenue

Reason: Construction haul trucks crossing 146 Avenue

Start date: May 24, 2017

Completion date: July 31, 2017

Work hours: 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Speed reduction: 50 km/hr from 60 km/hr

Other information: Traffic control will be intermittent depending on truck activity

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

Please see the attached advisory for further details.

KGL Traffic Advisory (May 16, 2017)

Westbound Fish Creek Boulevard near 37 Street SW

On May 20, there will be a traffic closure of the right westbound lane of Fish Creek Boulevard SW, approximately 200 metres west of Everridge Drive:

Location: Fish Creek Boulevard, approximately 200 metres west of Everridge Drive SW

Impact: Closure of the right westbound lane for 200 metres

Reason: Activity to establish construction access

Start date: May 20, 2017

Completion date: May 20, 2017

Work hours: 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Speed reduction: 50 km/hr from 60 km/hr

Please see the attached advisory for further details.

KGL Constructors Project Update (May 4, 2017:) 

Relocation of Water Main at Fish Creek Boulevard SW

As construction work commences for the Southwest Calgary Ring Road, KGL Constructors will be relocating a water main near the intersection of 37 Street SW, 146 Avenue and Fish Creek Boulevard SW.

Please see the attached advisory for further details.

KGL Constructors Project Update (May 3, 2017):

24 Street SW Permanent Closure

  • On May 24, 2017, 24 Street S.W. will be closing and will no longer provide access to Hwy 22x and the future Southwest Ring Road (SWRR).
  • The Province of Alberta requires the closure of 24 Street due to the construction of the SWRR.
  • The closure of 24 Street S.W. is necessary due to its close proximity to the interchange at the ring road and Highway 22x.
  • Due to cars merging, changing lanes, high speeds and high traffic volumes, an access into, out of, or into and out of 24 Street S.W. at the ring road is not safe.
  • The City is studying the change in traffic patterns and volumes from this closure to make sure the remaining number of access points to the community work efficiently.

Background

The access to Highway 22X from 24 Street S.W. has always been intended to be temporary, and was identified as such in the Midnapore III Community Plan (2003).

In 2008, Alberta Transportation commissioned a study to develop the long-term functional plan for the SWRR – Hwy 22X from Deerfoot Trail to west of 85 Street S.W. As part of this study, three open houses were held to introduce the project to stakeholders, community associations and members of the public and receive feedback. The dates of these open houses were June 11, 2008, November 26, 2008 and May 28, 2009. The information shared as part of this study showed the eventual closure of 24 Street at the SWRR. The information gathered from this study, including the public feedback received, resulted in the recommended corridor plan.

The impending closure of this access has been communicated consistently throughout the last 10 years. In addition to the examples provided above, Alberta Transportation has clearly communicated all future road closures due to the construction of the SWRR. This Alberta Transportation map providing details on the Hwy 22X/James McKevitt Road interchanges also indicates the 24 Street closure.

For more details, please view the following:

KGL Constructors Project Update (April 24, 2017):

Pile Driving at the Macleod Trail Interchange

Activity and Location: As construction work commences for the SWCRR, KGL Constructors will be driving piling around the interchange of Macleod Trail SE and Highway 22X. The piling will provide foundation support for new westbound SWCRR bridges being built over Macleod Trail S.E. and the Canadian Pacific Railway line.

  • 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
  • Periodic speed reductions and lane closures

Advisories announcing traffic impacts are posted on the project website at www.swcrrproject.com 

Scheduled Implementation Date: April 25, 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 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

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.

Please view the construction advisory to learn more. 

KGL Constructors Project Update (February 23, 2017):

Start of Fish Creek Realignment

Activity and Location: As construction commences for the Southwest Calgary Ring Road (SWCRR), KGL Constructors will be realigning a portion of the Fish Creek near future bridge structures. River realignment is a common engineering process that creates a new, permanent water channel. This will allow for the construction of the SWCRR bridges, while minimizing impact to the Fish Creek’s habitat by providing a bioengineered channel comparable to the river’s original path. This technique integrates living trees, shrubs and grasses together with tree roots, woody debris and rocks to increase the strength and structure of the streambank, while blending into the natural environment.

Please view the construction advisory to learn more. 

ENMAX Distribution Project Update (February 9, 2017):

The distribution work along 37 Street SW from Anderson Road to 146 Avenue SW is kicking off this week. Enmax has had some presence in the area but have not been able to start the work until they received permits and approvals from the Province and KGL Constructors.

This newsletter provides an overview of the scope of work. The work will take several months to complete.

Enmax crews started clearing snow this week and were approached by some residents who said they were unaware of the work and were not happy. I have confirmed with ENMAX that newsletters were sent out to residents in close proximity to 37 Street in December of last year. There is a pathway closure sign that has been posted since January, indicating closure until April 11, 2017 for utility line work performed by a local utility. Please exercise caution as unmarked crossings are part of the detour. Until the work is completed, please use the detour route provided.  Crews will also be installing temporary construction fence to secure the work area and pedestrians and cyclists will be detoured into the community.

KGL Constructors Project Update (January 20, 2017):

Earthworks and Excavation Adjacent to Bridlewood

Activity and Location: As construction commences on the SWCRR, KGL Constructors will start working in the Transportation Utility Corridor (TUC) west of the community of Bridlewood. Upcoming activities between 162 Avenue S.W. and Highway 22X are expected to include:

  • Earthworks along the length of the TUC
  • An excavation adjacent to Bridlewood (a 10 to 30 metre wide buffer will be left between the community and the excavation)
  • Crushing operations to process excavated gravel
  • An increase in truck and equipment traffic in the area

An asphalt processing plant will be set up on site in the late summer of 2017 and will be active during summer months (weather permitting).

Noise and dust will be monitored and mitigation measures applied as needed.

Work Dates: Late January 2017 to approximately January 2019

Work Hours:

Activity: Monday to Saturday Sundays & Holidays
Construction, plant maintenance, stockpiling and housekeeping 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Asphalt processing plant 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Crushing operations 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

For your safety, please obey all construction signs and traffic control personnel when travelling through the area. KGL would also like to remind the public that the TUC is an active construction site and only authorized personnel are permitted access.

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

If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to sign up for SWCRR updates, please contact KGL’s 24/7 phone: 403-212-0565 or email info@SWCRRproject.com or visit www.SWCRRproject.com 

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