Crowchild Trail Update From The City of Calgary Newsroom

CrowchildDecember 10, 2012 10:55 AM

The City of Calgary would like to thank Calgarians for their patience and for rerouting their commute this morning to aid crews in repairing the water main break on Crowchild Trail at 33 Ave SW.

At this point a new section of water main has been put in place. The next step is to backfill and pressure test the pipe before finishing the backfill and laying asphalt.

The city is working to open this section of Crowchild Trail before the morning commute on Tuesday. Road closures will be in place during the afternoon commute.

This water main break is one of the largest and most complex The City has ever experienced.

Initially crews found that a 600 mm (2 ft) section of pipe had burst. A crack has since been discovered that runs from the break putting the total length at 6 m (21 ft). The excavation was complicated by the discovery of an abandoned ATCO gas line that had to be removed by ATCO.

Southbound Crowchild Trail between Bow trail and 33 Avenue SW remains closed to commuter traffic. Local, transit and emergency access has been established. Transit routes are operating regularly and all bus stops are operational, however, delays can be expected due to congestion in the area.

Commuters are asked to find alternative routes home, use public transit like the new West LRT, or leave work earlier or later. Major delays are expected on Crowchild Trail southbound, and commuters should allow for extra time to get where they’re going.

Northbound Crowchild Trail lanes continue to be open to traffic.

Media updates will be released as new developments unfold.

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