Southwest Ring Road Info Sessions

On Nov. 18, City Administration is bringing a report to Council’s Transportation and Transit Committee on the southwest portion of the Ring Road. The report is expected to include the recommendations resulting from the Council-directed Traffic Review and an overall project update.

Prior to that Committee date, The City will be hosting three public information sessions in late October and early November. The information sessions will provide an update on The City’s work as it relates to the Southwest Calgary Ring Road (SWCRR):
– Updates on the design progress for the connections from Calgary’s roads
– Recommendations for any changes to the neighbouring streets and intersections based on the Council-directed Traffic Review

The Government of Alberta is also attending all three information sessions to address questions and comments about the SWCRR itself. Here are some more details about the events and what you’ll see:

Info Session #1
Tuesday, Oct. 27, 5-8 p.m.
Southland Leisure Centre (second floor pool viewing area), 2000 Southland Dr. SW
What you’ll also see:
– An update on the Southwest Transitway project (planning phase)
– An update on the ENMAX work as it relates to the SWCRR (construction phase)

Info Session #2
Thursday, Oct. 29, 5-8 p.m.
Bethany Chapel (front foyer area), 3333 Richardson Way SW
What you’ll also see:
– An update on the Southwest Transitway project (planning phase)
– Information on the 37 Street S.W. storm trunk project (construction phase)

Info Session #3
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 6-9 p.m.
Bishop O-Byrne High School common area, 333 Shawville Blvd SE
What you’ll also see:
– Information on the future Providence Development (planning phase)

If you are unable to attend these events, the information will be provided online at www.calgary.ca/swrr during the week of October 26.






3 thoughts on “Southwest Ring Road Info Sessions

  1. The Discovery Ridge community association has worked to get the roadway alignment moved further away from homes along the TUC corridor and has also gotten cross sectional diagrams of the roadway from the province. (See their article here.) Is the WSCRA able to do the same for our area, particularly for the areas in Wentworth that face the greatest impact from the freeway?

  2. James – to respond to your enquiry here, let me introduce myself. I’m Lars Lehmann – the head of our Planning and Development Committee here at WSCR Community Association.

    To start with – here is the official information from the Province of Alberta regarding the West Calgary Ring Road project, which is what this segment Stoney Trail is called at the moment: https://www.transportation.alberta.ca/w-crrgp.htm

    And for further background here is a Government of Alberta link about the Transportation Utility Corridor, which has been in place since the mid-70’s, and was expressly put in place for Ring Road and utility construction: http://www.infrastructure.alberta.ca/977.htm

    The issues of proximity for all areas of our community in both Cougar Ridge and West Springs are significantly different than those for Discovery Ridge, due to the slope of the proposed Stoney Trail alignment. It will have a steep incline coming up the Paskapoo Hill from the TransCanada Highway at 16th Avenue NW (for the most part through the existing Burnco gravel pit). There will be a partial interchange at Old Banff Coach Road (as the incline is still too steep there for a full interchange, and we as a Community Association have agreed that a full interchange there is not desireable for the community). And then there will be a full interchange at Bow Trail (12 Avenue SW).

    In Discovery Ridge, it was originally proposed that the alignment would, in some places be within 60 metres of existing homes, and the Province had not acquired enough land for the TUC to provide appropriate buffering, because they had relied on the road allowance and right of way for Highway 8 to be sufficient, and because of their negotiations with the Tsuu T’iina nation to use a portion of their lands for Stoney Trail and the interchanges required (69 Street, Sarcee Trail, 37 Street).

    And because there has been no timetable set for the construction of the West Calgary portion of the Ring Road (yet), Alberta Infrastructure has not clearly indicated exactly where the proposed interchanges and other portions along the West Calgary Ring Road portion will be. We have seen some drafts and models (they are available in the first link above), and all of them have the alignment much farther away from existing residential areas than did the initial and existing plans adjacent to Discovery Ridge on the South West Calgary Ring Road portion.

    As a community association we are staying on top of this as much as we can, while realizing that it is inevitable that there will be some disruption for residents, during construction; and for some, after that portion of Stoney Trail is built out. In some ways that is the price of living next to a major roadway and utility corridor, but we still want to make sure we can minimize that impact as much as possible.

    I hope that answers your questions.

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