ABOUT THE PROJECT
The City of Calgary is undertaking a study for the Sarcee Trail/Richmond Road S.W. interchange. Although there is currently no funding allocated to construct an interchange at this location, The City hopes to have these plans approved and have the interchange included as a candidate project for funding in 2018. This timing allows us to evaluate the option to design and construct the interchange in coordination with the Southwest Calgary Ring Road (SWCRR), which is scheduled to open by 2021.
Due to the growth of Calgary’s southwest and the opening of the SWCRR in 2021, The City conducted a Southwest and West Ring Road Downstream Traffic Impact Study in 2015. The results of this study indicated an interchange at Sarcee Trail and Richmond Road would provide significant benefits to the overall road network, as well as the surrounding communities, regardless of whether or not the West Calgary Ring Road (WCRR) was in place.
The objective of this study is to determine an interchange configuration that fits with the SWCRR and the local road network, provides accesses to local businesses and connects appropriately with communities.
Draft Recommended Design
Using what we heard from Calgarians on their priorities of the evaluation criteria, along with a technical evaluation of each concept, the project team developed the draft recommended plan for the Sarcee Trail / Richmond Road S.W. Interchange. This concept best meets what Calgarians indicated are their top three priorities: Vehicle Accommodation, Ease of Community Access and Shopping and Business Access. In addition, this concept offers the greatest opportunity for improvement and refinement of key design criteria.
How we got here
During our previous round of engagement, we asked you to help us prioritize the criteria we used to evaluate the proposed interchange options. The results of this were:
We then used these priorities when conducting our technical review of the proposed options. Here are the results of our evaluation.
In the end, we selected Concept C for the following reasons:
- Concept C best meets what Calgarians indicated are their top three priorities: Vehicle Accommodation, Ease of Community Access and Shopping and Business Access.
- Concept C also offers the most opportunity to improve on the lower ranked priority evaluation criteria.
- Traffic volumes on Richmond Road are about the same between all concepts.
Online input was collected Tuesday, May 30 – Wednesday, June 14, 2017.
The project team is compiling input collected in person and online, please check back for a report on this input.
The feedback received online and at the public information sessions, along with additional technical analysis, will help the project team refine and finalize the recommended plan to best meet each of the evaluation criteria.