The following communication was also received this afternoon from Associated Engineering Alberta Ltd and Alberta Transportation:
Elbow Valley Community Association,
Please accept this email on behalf of Estella Petzold, Project Coordinator and public point of contact for the West Calgary Ring Road who is currently out of office. This email is intended for community awareness. As a representative of the Elbow Valley Community Association, please share with the community accordingly.
As construction on the West Calgary Ring Road continues, access at Highway 8 and 101 Street will close permanently in mid-September. The permanent closure is required due to ongoing concerns about unsafe U-turns on Highway 8. The intersection was scheduled to be closed this fall to allow for construction of the interchange in the Highway 8 and Stoney Trail area. Alberta Transportation will be implementing the full closure of the Highway 8 and 101 Street intersection on Friday, September 17th. As of this date, this intersection will close permanently. This intersection has always been scheduled to close as construction of the interchange advanced. 101 Street will remain a service road that ends in a cul-de-sac north of Highway 8. For further details, please view the travel advisory here and the attached construction notice.
Until construction of the West Calgary Ring Road is completed, alternate north-south routes include 69th Street, Sarcee Trail, and Highway 22 (Cowboy Trail). Old Banff Coach Road, Township Road 242 (17th Avenue) and the Trans-Canada Highway (16th Avenue) are available east-west connections into the city. Drivers will need to adjust their commutes accordingly, allow additional time to navigate through construction zones, and reference City of Calgary Traffic Map and 511 Alberta before traveling.
Emergency service response times will not be impacted by this closure. Emergency responders are aware of the traffic modifications in place at the Highway 8 and 101 street intersection. The contactor will continue to have regular communications with emergency responders regarding the full closure of this intersection to ensure access to all applicable communities is appropriately maintained.
Construction updates and project information will continue to be shared on the project website and in the weekly newsletter.