The Calgary Ring Road has been a project that has been on the books and planned for since the 1970s. The fact that is has taken over four decades to get this project to near completion is astounding. It speaks to the magnitude of planning and funding needed to add this piece of infrastructure to the City of Calgary.
The northern, eastern and most of the western sections are complete, and just this week, pieces of the southern puzzle are slowly coming more into fruition. The section between Highway 8 and the Trans-Canada Highway measures 9 km in distance and represent what will be the final stretch in Calgary’s ring road. In the south, some sections are already complete with the 90th Ave SW and Southland Drive traffic sections already done, awaiting opening in fall 2021 with everything else. Also in the south, as of November 3rd, access to 45th Street from Glenmore has been permanently shut down.
When it will be complete, the southwest ring road will feature the following:
about 31 km of new 6 and 8 lane divided highway with 14 interchanges
one road flyover
one railway crossing (flyover)
3 river crossings
Responsibility for the Ring Road straddles both provincial and municipal jurisdictions. The Alberta Government handles the design, construction, management and operation of the Calgary Ring Road project. But it is the City of Calgary that is responsible for the design and construction of connections to the Ring Road within city limits, as well as intersection and road improvements. In its entirety, it will offer 101 km of free flowing traffic around Calgary, with some parts expected to see the average of 90,000 cars on one day. It is a testament to time and planning, funding and hard work. The southwest ring road portion will open in the fall of 2021, delivering a final traffic-alieviating corridor for our city.
P.S. You'll be happy to know that construction traffic on Glenmore and Crowchild is wrapping up, they're almost done. There are some residual lane closures that are needed for final paving, landscaping sign installation and concrete work. A new pedestrian bridge is up at Crowchild and 54th Ave, it is now fully open and entirely accessible for everyone. This summer saw us stuck in traffic so many times on Glenmore, so this is great to see complete!