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Southwest Calgary Ring Road

Preliminary work for the Southwest Calgary Ring Road (SWCRR) project has been underway since July 2016. Full construction will start in spring 2017. The project is expected to be complete in fall 2021.

The $1.42 billion project involves construction between Highway 8 (near the Elbow Springs Golf Club), and Macleod Trail SE, including reconstruction of Glenmore Trail from Sarcee Trail to east of 37 Street. This portion of the ring road is approximately 21 kilometres long. An additional 10 kilometres of connector road upgrades will be included in the overall SWCRR project.

Quick facts

The project includes

  • one roadway flyover,
  • one railway crossing (flyover)
  • 31 km of six and eight lane divided highway,
  • 49 bridges, including bridges over the Elbow River and Fish Creek
  • 14 interchanges  

Click here to visit the SWCRR project website, where up-to-date construction and traffic information will be available on a daily basis throughout the duration of the project.

For more information about the project, email your questions to info@SWCRRproject.com

Gravel Operations and Asphalt Processing

The SWCRR project has two gravel operations, one located at the south end of the project, within the project footprint—the 162 Avenue interchange will eventually be located here—and at the north end of the project, within the footprint of the WCRR. Dust, noise and air quality monitoring will be conducted regularly and all provincial and project requirements and guidelines will be observed.

An infrastructure project of this size requires asphalt processing locations in close proximity to construction. One is located near the south gravel operation, more than 700 metres from the nearest home.

Alberta Transportation has been working with KGL to find a preferred location for the north asphalt plant, one with the least impact to area residents. The preferred location is in West Strathcona, south of Highway 8, west of Sarcee Trail within the Transportation Utility Corridor, between 1 and 1.5 kilometres from the nearest home. The contractor will adhere to Alberta’s Code of Practice for Asphalt Processing Plants, which lays out environmental requirements and manages emissions.

Southwest Calgary Ring Road Gravel Operations Health Impact Assessment

In February 2017, Alberta Transportation commissioned a geo-environmental consultant to complete a Health Impact Assessment of the gravel mining and crushing operations near the community of West Springs.

The assessment reviewed:

  • The forms of silica typically found in Calgary aggregate and their associated risks.
  • Existing regulatory guidelines associated with exposure to fine particulate silica dust.
  • Possible health risks associated with the gravel operation adjacent to the community of West Springs.

The assessment and its findings can be found here.

Alberta Transportation will be working closely with the project contractor to ensure that all recommendations and mitigation measures identified in the report are implemented. Fine particulate matter, silica, dust, wind and noise levels will be regularly monitored throughout the duration of the gravel operation to ensure public health and welfare.

Air quality monitoring data will be posted here as it becomes available in the coming months.

P3 Agreement Documents

Request for Qualifications Request for Proposals
DBFO Agreement and Schedules

The federal government has implemented the agreement between the Tsuut’ina Nation and Alberta, as laid out in the land transfer agreement of November 27, 2013. Provincial Crown lands have been added to the Tsuut’ina Nation reserve and 1058 acres of former reserve land have been transferred to Alberta.

Calgary Ring Road Frequently Asked Questions

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