The Southwest Calgary Ring Road (SWCRR) is currently accepting bids from three construction groups, and will be receiving them until the third quarter of next year, with construction hopefully beginning shortly after that. Richard Pootmans, Councillor for Ward 6, posted an update on this project this month:
In the October 27 Provincial Budget, there was $2.963 billion allocated to ring road projects in both Calgary and Edmonton over the next 5 years. There was no guidance provided for when the West Calgary Ring Road (WCRR) would be announced. I have discussed this issue with the Transportation Minister and tend to agree with the general speculation that a WCRR announcement might reasonably be expected after the bids are received on the SWCRR project and a better understanding of current construction costs is available.
To give you a timeline for this, it's a requirement that the SWCRR be completed within a 7-year period, and the plan is to have the project completed well before that strict deadline.
The scope of the SWCRR has recently been extended to the Lott Creek intersection on Highway 8. This has heightened concerns from residents west of 69th Street about the close proximity of the SWCRR to their properties. I am fighting this issue together with community representatives and have a scheduled meeting with the Transportation Minister in early December.
If the SWCRR is complete before west portion of the ring road, traffic will need to be rerouted by Glenmore Trail and Sarcee Trail SW for a period of time. This will in turn require upgrades to Sarcee Trail.
On Wednesday (November 18th), the Transportation and Transit Committee will meet with Administration to present the budger for the completion of SWCRR as well as the traffic upgrades to Sarcee Trail. More updates will be coming after this meeting regarding the future of this project.
More information can be found on the City of Calgary website, or the Ward 6 homepage.