CALGARY, ALTA. — Construction on the West Calgary Ring Road is set to begin this spring after the province announced this month that contracts have been signed for two segments of the massive project.
The road project is divided into three segments: the south that connects with the Southwest Calgary Ring Road, the north that meets the Trans-Canada Highway and a new bridge across the Bow River.
EllisDon was awarded the contract for the north segment, running between Old Banff Coach Road and the Trans-Canada Highway, while the West Bow River Bridge twinning project will be built by Flatiron and AECON.
“EllisDon is proud to be selected to build this important piece of infrastructure for the province of Alberta,” said Jeff Fox, senior vice-president and area manager of EllisDon Calgary, in a press release. “We’re looking forward to delivering the next stretch of the 101-kilometre ring road, providing better free-flow access around the City of Calgary.”
Jean-Louis Sevranckx, president and CEO of Aecon Group Inc., echoed these sentiments, stating the company was looking forward to its partnership with Flatiron.
“This project will be a key component in the completion of Calgary’s ring road, providing vital infrastructure for the growing Calgary area,” said Sevranckx.
The north segment tendered at $463 million while the West Bow River Bridge segment tendered at $89 million.
According to the province, the massive project’s north segment will support more than 2,300 jobs during its duration until 2020 while the West Bow River Bridge will generate 300 jobs.
“This project is something the people of this city have been asking to have completed for nearly 50 years,” said Brian Mason, minister of transportation. “When complete, travel will be more efficient, industry will operate with fewer delays and, in the process, thousands of jobs will be supported. We will have shovels in the ground this spring.”
The province stated it will be issuing the request for qualifications for the south segment of the West Calgary Ring Road, between Highway 8 and Old Banff Coach Road, in a matter of days and anticipates lining up a contractor in time for the 2020 construction season.
The West Calgary Ring Road is scheduled for completion in fall 2022, one year following the expected completion of the Southwest Calgary Ring Road project. When complete, the entire Calgary Ring Road will provide drivers with 101 kilometres of free-flow travel.