For several weeks, The City of Calgary has been relocating a potable water feedermain in preparation for interchange construction at Old Banff Coach Road S.W. The week of August 24, 2020, construction is expected to reach Old Banff Coach Road S.W. where crews will begin installing the new watermain alignment within the road right-of-way.
As a result of the excavation required to install the feedermain, some trees on the south side of the road will need to be removed. To meet the required safety guidelines, the trench must be dug so close to the trees that damage to the roots and their structural integrity is anticipated. As such, the trees will be removed in order for work to proceed safely. Prior to removal, all trees will be assessed to ensure that no birds or other wildlife are inhabiting them.
Alberta Transportation carefully considers the environmental impacts related to tree removal for any provincial project, including the West Calgary Ring Road. Trees and brush will only be removed in the areas required to construct the new infrastructure to support the successful completion of the project.
When construction reaches Old Banff Coach Road S.W., anticipated to be the week of August 24, weather permitting, both eastbound and westbound traffic will be reduced to one lane on Old Banff Coach Road S.W. west of Cougar Ridge Drive / 89 Street S.W. Please visit The City of Calgary’s Traffic Information Map for current information.
The watermain relocation is anticipated to be complete this fall.