New videos released by the government of Alberta show the details of the new Calgary Ring Roads. These videos are quite detailed and provide a virtual reality of what's in store for Calgary transportation routes in the next couple of years. These new routes will complete the road that circles the city.
The Southwest Ring Road
This route runs from Macleod Trail up to 69 St. S.W. It's about 16 km long and there will be an added 10 km of upgrades for connector roads. This all follows an agreement that was reached on November 27, 2013 for a land transfer between the province of Alberta and the Tsuu T'ina Nation. This agreement allowed Alberta to make plans to purchase the land in order to complete the Ring Road in the southwest section. Tsuu T'ina Nation representatives and the federal and Alberta government are working together to make sure the agreement is fulfilled.
Some of the features of the Southwest Ring Road include:
- 8-lane divided road that stretches for 16 km
- A rail underpass
- 37 bridges, which include bridges over Fish Creek and the Elbow River
- 13 interchanges
The West Calgary Ring Road
This part of the Ring Road will travel south on the western side of Calgary from 69 Street S.W. over to the Trans-Canada Highway. When it reaches the Trans-Canada highway it will connect with Stoney Trail to fully complete the loop. This stretch will run for approximately 15 km on the Transportation Utility Corridor, which the provincial government already owns. In addition, some small land parcels will also be purchased.
Some of the features of the West Calgary Ring Road include:
- 6 and 8 lanes of divided roadway
- 7 interchanges
- 29 bridges, which include bridges over the Elbow River and the Bow River
The government will be focusing on constructing the Ring Rd southwest section first. It is expected that the first shovels to hit the ground for the West Calgary Ring Road will follow in approximately 2 years. It's also expected that the timing on these two projects will overlap.
The final timing and approval on both of these projects will depend on available funding and approval by the Treasury Board. While there are still several steps remaining before construction can be started, the videos provide evidence that the projects will be going forward and we can see from them exactly what can be expected over the next few years.