Glenmore Trail construction set to slow southeast Calgary commute
CALGARY – A significant construction project underway on Glenmore Trail is likely to create some traffic tie-ups in southeast Calgary.
The City of Calgary began work on an interchange on Glenmore Trail and Ogden Road on Tuesday.
When completed, the city says the $125-million project will result in a “free flow roadway” between 18 Street S.E. and Barlow Trail S.E. The project includes a new roadway on Glenmore Trail between 18 Street S.E. and Ogden Road, a new interchange at Glenmore Trail and Ogden Road and a new bridge structure over area train tracks.
“The Interchange will greatly improve mobility in Calgary’s Southeast Industrial Area,” said Ward 9 Councillor Gian-Carlo Carra. “Most importantly, it creates a passage for the southeast leg of the Greenline [CTrain project,] connecting the southeast to the downtown, and facilitating the Transit Oriented Development essential to our future.”
Traffic anchor Leslie Horton says the project is short-term pain resulting in long-term gain.
“Riverbend and Millican-Ogden residents will really benefit when the project is done, but in the meantime, it means yet more delays and slow-downs for Glenmore drivers who have already been battling bridge construction projects between Macleod Trail and Deerfoot Trail.”
Detours during construction
Beginning in the spring of 2016, a new detour for Glenmore Trail will separate eastbound and westbound traffic.
It will accommodate traffic for approximately 18 months while the new roadway and interchange are completed. Access to Ogden Road and connection to Barlow Trail will be maintained during the construction period.
Horton says if you want to skip the construction altogether, you can travel southbound on Macleod Trail to Highway 22X and take Stoney Trail north to Glenmore Trail.
BELOW: Glenmore Trail and Ogden Road S.E. detour plan
The interchange is anticipated to open in late 2017.