Help improve Deerfoot Trail: open houses start this week

Calgary skyline at night with Deerfoot Trail in the foreground. Getty Images

The first of a series of open houses aimed at gathering feedback on how to improve Deerfoot Trail will be held in Forest Heights on Wednesday.

Last month, the City of Calgary unveiled their plans for redeveloping the popular thoroughfare, highlighting seven key areas they wish to improve.

READ MORE: City of Calgary unveils detailed plans for Deerfoot Trail upgrades

Now, the city and Alberta Transportation are looking for feedback from the community on the preliminary design concepts.

The goal of the revamp is to help improve Deerfoot Trail as traffic patterns grow and change over the next 30 years.

READ MORE: Deerfoot Trail expansion: New lanes to be added to 21 km of road

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The province has committed $210 million for the project, but the total cost for the upgrades remains unknown.

Four open houses are being held in the communities the city says will be most affected by the project:

Wednesday, Nov. 13

  • Time: 5:30 – 8 p.m.
  • Location: Forest Heights Community Association, 4909 Forego Ave S.E.

Saturday, Nov. 16

  • Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Location: Riverbend Community Association, 19 Rivervalley Dr S.E.

Monday, Nov. 18

  • Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Location: Huntington Hills, Community Association

Saturday, Nov. 23 

  • Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Location: RT Alderman School, 725 Mapleton Dr S.E.

If you aren’t able to make it out to any of the open houses, feedback is also being collected through an online survey until Nov. 25.

Jeffrey Xu, the project manager, said it’s important to know about the public’s interest and concerns.

“The public’s input will always help us to shape our engineering design,” Xu said at Wednesday’s open house.

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Daryl Douglas attended the open house on Wednesday. His concern is how soon the project will be completed.

“Timeline is the main thing because it’s long overdue for this kind of stuff,” Douglas said.

He added that taking the exit at Glenmore Trail is always a problem.

“Definitely a lot of leapfrogging and that can be avoided by putting in some interchanges, I guess,” he said. “It wasn’t designed for the capacity we have today.”

– With files from Global News’ Kaylen Small

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