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.

Upcoming Information Sessions

 90 Ave SW and Southland Dr Connections and Anderson Rd SW Widening

The City will be holding an Information Session on Thursday, May 25 from 5 – 8 PM at the Southland Leisure Centre, Pool Viewing Area  (2000 Southland Drive SW)

The City will be providing updates on the two Calgary-led ring road projects in the area:

Representatives from Alberta Transportation and KGL Constructors will also be present to answer any questions related to the Southwest Ring Road.

The City of Calgary Connections

Bow Trail Widening and Intersection Improvements

The City is planning to widen Bow Trail to four lanes between 85 Street S.W. and Old Banff Coach Road, as well as improving the intersection at Bow Trail and 85 Street S.W. These upgrades will provide for a better road network by accommodating existing and future traffic volumes in the area.

Construction on the initial intersection improvements is expected to begin in summer 2017 and be completed in late 2017. These initial intersection improvements will include extending the southbound left turning lane on 85 Street by removing a portion of the median and adding an additional left turning lane on westbound Bow Trail to 85 Street. Construction on the widening of Bow Trail and the remaining intersection improvements, which also include plans to widen 85 Street to two through lanes north of Bow Trail, is currently anticipated to begin in 2018.

The City will provide an update to the community on this project as it progresses. For more information on this project, visit the project webpage.

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. These upgrades will provide for a better road network by accommodating changes to traffic volume and patterns that are expected after the opening of the SWCRR. 

The design work for the Glenmore Trail widening and interchange upgrades are scheduled to begin in late 2017, with construction planned to start in 2018 and continue into 2019.

The City will provide an update to the community on this project as it progresses. For more information on this project, visit the project webpage.

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.

Segment 5: 162nd Avenue SW to Highway 22x

2017 Construction Highlights

  • Road construction including earthworks and paving on Highway 22X from 69th Street to Tournament Lane SW

What to Expect in 2017

  • Closure of access to Highway 22X from 24th Street SW in fall 2017
  • Closure of access to westbound Highway 22X from Tournament Lane SW in late 2017 (alternative access via Spruce Meadows Way SW)
  • Minor delays due to periodic lane closures and speed reductions on Highway 22X
  • An excavation adjacent to the community of Bridlewood starting in January 2017
  • Crushing operations to process excavated gravel
  • An asphalt processing plant will be set up on site in the late summer of 2017
  • Increased truck and equipment activity

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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