City wide construction means headaches for Calgary commuters
CALGARY- Summer is just around the corner, and the change in season means the inevitable: it’s construction time.
Crews have been busy digging up roads around the city for repaving, resulting in long lineups and some very cranky drivers. The city says it’s because they judge streets on a 10 point surface quality system.
“When a surface is below seven which is what we like to keep the entire city roads network at, we put a road on a priority list for resurfacing,” explains Carissa Vescio from the city roads department.
Another challenge in Calgary is the weather.
“We have such a short summer season and we need to get as much work done as possible, and we only have 26 or 27 weeks to do it,” Vescio adds.
Some major projects this year include:
- Edmonton Trail N.E. from 16 Ave to 28 Ave
- 14 St. S.W. from 17 Ave to 12 Ave
- Bow Trail from Sarcee Trail to west of 33 Street S.W.
- Memorial Dr N.E. from the zoo turnoff to Deerfoot overpass
- 32 Avenue N.E. from Deerfoot Trail to 36 Street N.E.
- 36 Street N.E. from 16 Avenue N.E. to 39 Avenue N.E.
There will also be major detours in effect downtown on Sunday, when the Lilac Festival shuts down most of 4 Street S.W.
For the city’s paving program schedule, click here.
For the city’s road paving FAQ page, click here.