September 1, 2023
What’s Happening in Traffic
Workers still on site
Earlier this week the lines were painted on Stoney Trail between Old Banff Coach Road and Bow Trail. While considerable progress is being made, Stoney Trail is still under construction south of the Trans-Canada Highway and not open to traffic. Please drive cautiously and watch for signage.
All work is weather dependent. 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.
Understanding ‘Storm Events’ and Pathway Repair Update
The severe thunderstorm that hit Calgary on July 6, 2023, exceeded the 100-year storm event criteria and did extensive damage to the pathway and retaining wall recently completed as part of the project. Several other severe storms happened in and around Calgary before and since, including tornadoes and hailstorms, resulting in significant work to restore the pathway connection in this area.
Since the pathway was closed due to the storm event, the area has been cleaned up and new fill material has been brought in. Additional engineering to determine the best approach to mitigate future damage to the slope and pathway is also underway.
Significant progress has been made towards the reopening of the pathway in recent weeks, and further information regarding timelines for reopening will be provided as it becomes available.
Did you Know?
Storm Frequency Analysis (SFA) is used to quantify storm and flood events by measuring precipitation to identify storm severity and how likely it is that storms of different severity levels may occur. The SFA uses data on precipitation (rainfall and snow melt) to determine the probability of different levels of storm severity occurring. This information is important, as it helps engineers design infrastructure to protect against severe storms.
Stating that a severe storm was a “1 in 100-year storm” does not mean that a storm of that severity is only expected once in a 100 year period, but instead means that every year, there is 1 in 100 chance (or a 1% probability) of a storm of that severity happening.
Highway 8 Interchange Progress
Significant progress has been made at Highway 8, as illustrated in the drone photos below.