Contracts have been signed for two segments of the West Calgary Ring Road project, with construction to begin this spring.
“This project is something the people of this city have been asking to have completed for nearly 50 years,” said Brian Mason, Minister of Transportation. “When complete, travel will be more efficient, industry will operate with fewer delays and, in the process, thousands of jobs will be supported. We will have shovels in the ground this spring.”
The 11-kilometre project is divided into three segments: the south one that connects with the Southwest Calgary Ring Road, the north one that meets the Trans-Canada Highway, and a new bridge across the Bow River.
The north segment, running between Old Banff Coach Road and the Trans-Canada Highway, will be constructed by EllisDon. The project was tendered at a cost of $463 million. The West Bow River Bridge twinning project will be built by Flatiron and Aecon and has been tendered at a cost of $89 million.
The Request for Qualifications for the south segment of the West Calgary Ring Road, between Highway 8 and Old Banff Coach Road, will be issued in the coming days. A contractor is expected to be in place for the 2020 construction season.
The West Calgary Ring Road will be open during fall 2022, one year following the expected completion of the Southwest Calgary Ring Road project. When complete, the entire Calgary Ring Road will provide travellers with 101 kilometres of free-flow travel.