Glenmore Trail and Ogden Road S.E. Interchange project reaches milestone
As part of making life better for Calgarians, a major milestone will be achieved tomorrow when motorists begin using the new Glenmore Trail between 18 Street S.E. and Barlow Trail.
“This is the first of four interchange-related projects that will be recognized this summer as part of the $250 million investment the City is making in connecting people with their communities, jobs and destinations,” said Transportation General Manager Mac Logan. “The new six-lane Glenmore Trail and interchange at Ogden Road will help make sure goods move efficiently through our city and province to distribution centres and industrial areas.”
“It’s also a good time to do the work,” added Logan. “With the increase in funding towards these kinds of projects in Calgary and the downturn in the economy, jobs are being created, people are working and tax payers are getting good value for their money.”
Drivers on Glenmore Trail will no longer have to stop for trains within city-limits and there will now be no traffic lights on Glenmore Trail, between Sarcee Trail in the southwest and Barlow Trail in the southeast.
This project greatly improves travel for truckers and commuters in the southeast industrial area, an important economic contributor to the city. The trucking industry benefits by the improved connections in Calgary’s southeast, reducing fuel use and consequently, emissions and greenhouse gases.
Calgarians taking transit on Glenmore Trail will now have a more reliable bus schedule, and in the longer term, the bridge will provide an LRT crossing under Glenmore Trail as part of the future Greenline.
As well, there are improved sidewalks and pathways including a continuous pathway from 18 Street to 52 Street southeast and to the regional pathway in the area.
Total investment in the project is approximately $90 million.
Full completion of this project is anticipated to be late 2017. The speed limit on Glenmore Trail from just east of 18 Street S.E. to Barlow Trail will remain at 50 km/hr until project completion.
The City is grateful for the patience and understanding of the many Calgarians and area businesses that have been impacted by the significant detours and lane restrictions over the past two years.
For more details, go to calgary.ca/glenmoreogden.