CALGARY- Those who live near Elbow Drive are facing another round of traffic headaches, for the fourth time in as many years.
Repairs began on the roadway between Lansdowne Avenue and 4 Street S.W. over the weekend, to fix damage caused by the June 2013 flood. The lane closures and detours will be in effect for about two weeks, then paving work will be done from Britannia Drive to 4 Street
“We have to wait for a couple of years for the road to settle out, and then we do the paving,” explains Derek Heric from the City of Calgary. “This year we are trying to get the paving done on weekends to have the minimum traffic impact that we can, so this weekend weather pending we should be out there from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.”
Detour signs have been a common sight in the area: a long stretch of Elbow Drive was dug up for reconstruction work just a couple of years ago, and construction on the Glenmore Trail interchange caused major traffic backups.
The current project could last until the middle of September. If for some reason crews aren’t able to go ahead with top lift paving, they may have to complete the job in the summer of 2015.
Macleod Trail is recommended as an alternate route.