• Funding for the West Calgary Ring Road was announced on July 5, 2018. Once complete, the road will provide 101 km of free-flow traffic.

Project overview

The West Calgary Ring Road, running between Highway 8 and the Trans-Canada Highway, is the final section of the Calgary Ring Road to be completed.

The road will be built on the existing Transportation Utility Corridor, established in 1976. The land is owned by the Government of Alberta. Some additional small parcels of land will be purchased.

The West Calgary Ring Road project will be completed in 3 parts — the north project (DB1), south project (DB2) and the West Bow River bridge (WBRB). It will include:

  • building about 9 km of 6- and 8-lane divided freeway
  • reconstructing about 5 km of the Trans-Canada Highway
  • improving Stoney Trail from the Bow River to Scenic Acres
  • 6 interchanges
  • 24 bridges

On March 5, 2019, contracts were awarded for DB1 ($463 million) and WBRB ($89 million). Construction will begin this spring.

Once complete, the entire Calgary Ring Road will provide more than 101 km of free-flow travel around the city. It will improve access to hospitals, schools, workplaces and recreation, and help reduce congestion within the city.

North project

3 km of 6- and 8-lane divided freeway between Highway 1 (Trans-Canada Highway) and the Old Banff Coach Road.

  • Reconstructing 5 km of Highway 1
  • 18 bridges
  • 2 interchanges
  • 1 flyover – 1 Avenue SW

South project

5 km of 6- and 8-lane divided freeway between Old Banff Coach Road and Highway 8.

  • 7 bridges
  • 4 interchanges
    • Old Banff Coach Road SW
    • Bow Trail SW
    • 17 Avenue SW
    • Highway 8

Bow River Bridge twinning

  • Twinning the bridge over the Bow River on the northwest segment of the ring road.
  • Widening about 2 km of northwest Stoney Trail from Crowchild Trail to Scenic Areas Link.

Timeline

  • July 5, 2018
    • Design and construction period announced. Project will be delivered in 3 separate segments: North, South and Bow River Bridge twinning.
  • July 6, 2018
    • Request for Qualifications issued for the design and construction of the North project from Trans-Canada Highway to Old Banff Coach Road.
  • August 9, 2018
    • Deadline to submit request for qualification responses for the North project.
    • Top 3 respondents will be invited to participate in the Request for Proposals process.
  • March 2019
    • Construction of DB1 and WBRB begins.
    • Request for Qualifications (RFQ) issued for DB2.
  • Early 2020
    • Design and construction of the South project and Bow River Bridge twinning.
  • 2022
    • West Calgary Ring Road opens to traffic, one year after the completion of the Southwest Calgary Ring Road currently under construction.

Project map

West Calgary ring road
Illustration of the Calgary Ring Road project.

Public information sessions

Alberta Transportation will be scheduling public information sessions for spring 2019. The materials from the fall 2018 information sessions are avaliable at the links below:

Tree Clearing for West Calgary Ring Road

Beginning the week of January 7, 2019, Alberta Transportation will begin clearing trees and brush to prepare for West Calgary Ring Road construction this spring. This work is happening outside of the nesting window for migratory birds and other species that nest in this area.

Crews will work Monday – Saturday between the hours of 7:30 am and 6:00 pm. The work is expected to be complete by the end of February 2019.

  • Stoney Trail from the south side of the Bow River bridge to Old Banff Coach Road and
  • Trans Canada Highway from the west edge of the City of Calgary to the Stoney Trail interchange.

News

Contact

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For more information on the West Calgary Ring Road:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-644-5612
Toll free: 310-0000 before the number (in Alberta)
Email: carla.armstrong@gov.ab.ca

Address:
Alberta Transportation
Major Capital Projects
Twin Atria Building
2nd Floor, 4999 98 Avenue NW
Edmonton, Alberta  T6B 2X3