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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.