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Construction ahead: Glenmore Trail widening project begins

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Global News Morning Calgary's Doug Vaessen talks about a vital city infrastructure project scheduled to begin this weekend – Jul 20, 2018

The city will be launching construction of the $35-million Glenmore Trail S.W. widening project this weekend.

The roadway between 37 Street S.W. and Crowchild Trail S.W. will be widened to six from four lanes, the city said in a news release Thursday.

“Also included in this project are upgrades to the Glenmore Trail/Crowchild Trail interchange and a new pedestrian bridge over Crowchild Trail at 54 Avenue S.W,” the city said.

The expansion is meant to prepare that section of Glenmore Trail for connection to the Calgary southwest ring road project.

READ MORE: Calgary drivers told to be prepared for lengthy delays as ring road construction ramps up

The construction project will involve lane closures, but the city said it’s managing the construction to minimize the impact on commuters.

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Construction begins on Glenmore Trail S.W between Crowchild S.W. and 37 Street S.W. this weekend. Google Maps

“We are putting into place some measures to ensure citizens can still get to where they want to go,” said project manager Syed Ali in the news release. “As the project moves forward, we are coordinating detours and lane closures with other projects in the area, staging as much work as we can during off-peak commute times to minimize impacts over the rush hour, and will make a temporary roadway alignment on Glenmore Trail in order to keep two traffic lanes open in each direction.”

The pedestrian bridge near 55 Avenue S.W will remain open during the construction project but will be torn down once the new bridge at 54 Avenue S.W. is completed, the city said.

The city said construction should be completed sometime in 2019.

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