July 29, 2022

What’s Happening in Traffic This Week

Trans-Canada Highway Traffic Shifted onto Mainline Bridge

This weekend, both eastbound and westbound Trans-Canada Highway traffic will be shifted onto the new mainline Trans-Canada Highway bridge over Valley Ridge Boulevard N.W. The traffic shifts will happen overnight, between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

The ramp detour for eastbound Trans-Canada Highway to Valley Ridge Boulevard / 109 Street S.W. will remain in place while permanent ramp construction continues.

Temporary Ramp Closure: Valley Ridge Boulevard to Westbound Trans-Canada Highway

Beginning in early August 2022 and lasting approximately one month, the ramp from Valley Ridge Boulevard to westbound Trans-Canada Highway will close to accommodate construction on the permanent ramp.

Emergency services have been notified.

Drive With Care – Heavy Construction Along Highway 8

This is a critical construction season at the Highway 8 interchange and will be the most impactful for drivers (with steady improvements once the long-term detour is in place). Frequent lane closures and traffic pattern changes will be required for the remainder of the season for underground work and detour construction. Please drive cautiously, watch for signage and slow down.

Looking east at construction along Highway 8

UPCOMING: 17 Avenue S.W. Traffic Shift to New Bridge

In approximately one month, 17 Avenue S.W. traffic will be shifted to the new bridge. It will take about a week of shifting lane closures to move traffic, but once the new bridge is in use the improved road condition and grades will be noticeable.

Looking east at 17 Avenue S.W. road construction near Slopeview Drive

All work is weather dependant. Please check 511 Alberta and The City of Calgary’s traffic information map for up-to-date information on traffic detours and speed reductions. For all other project information, please visit westringroad.ca

We appreciate your patience during construction.

Slow and Sure

Waiting for concrete to cure isn’t exactly dynamic, but over time the progress is visible.

Looking north across the Bow River; the bridge girder segments are cantilevered on the south pier and cast-in-place until they eventually merge with the north side
Looking south from under cantilevered girder segments; the red apparatus on the ends of the cantilevers are the mobile forms that shift ahead for each new concrete segment
Looking southeast at working platforms hung from the bridge girder (superstructure) on the north side of the Bow River

Underpass Disappearing Act

The pathway underpass has almost disappeared from view (other than the entrances of course). The fill is now covering the concrete box culvert that forms the tunnel under Bow Trail. Something to tell your grandkids about.

Looking east at the pathway underpass from above
Looking west at the pathway underpass from the ground

Stoney Trail Mainline

The amount of earthwork required for the South project is easy to underestimate, but so far about 5.5 million cubic metres of earth has been moved, which is equivalent to roughly 300,000 truckloads of material.

Looking north at grading on mainline Stoney Trail between Bow Trail and 17 Avenue S.W.
Looking north at compacted gravel (granular base course) on mainline Stoney Trail between Bow Trail and 17 Avenue S.W.