The City of Calgary kicks off its 2020 paving program
The 2020 paving program, which will see roads at more than 110 locations in Calgary resurfaced, kicks off this week. City and contracted crews will be replacing asphalt and concrete to make our roads smoother and safer.
For the 2020 construction season, nearly $40 million will be invested by The City of Calgary to maintain existing roadways through lifecycle maintenance construction. Calgarians will begin to see this work happening on major roadways and on residential streets.Some of the major roadways this year include:
- Crowchild Trail S.W. from 66 Ave. to Glenmore Trail S.W.
- MacLeod Trail (northbound lanes) from Glenmore Trail to 75 Ave. S.W.
- MacLeod Trail (northbound lanes) from Canyon Meadows Dr. to Heritage Dr.
- 4 Ave. from 3 St. S.E. to 6 St. S.W.
- 162 Ave. S.W. from Shawville Blvd. to Everstone Dr. S.W.
- 63 Ave. S.W. and Lancaster Way S.W.
- James McKevitt Rd. S.W. from MacLeod Trail to Fish Creek Blvd.
- 16 Ave. N.W. from 29 St. to 43 St. N.W.
- Crowchild Trail N.W. from Tuscany LRT Station to 12 Mile Coulee Rd.
- Crowchild Trail N.W. (westbound and eastbound lanes) from Sarcee Trail to Nosehill Dr.
- Silver Springs Gt. N.W. from Silver Springs Blvd. to Crowchild Trail
- Nose Hill Dr. N.W. from Silver Springs Blvd. N.W. to John Laurie Blvd. N.W.
Community paving will take place in:
- Mayland Heights
“This year’s paving program will go a long way towards making roads better and safer and will be welcome news to those who use these routes and have been asking for smoother roads” says Roads’ Manager of Construction Barry Poon.
“Rehabilitating the right roads at the right time, using the right treatment, extends the life of our infrastructure,” adds Poon. “This will ensure our roads are safe for all users such as pedestrians, cyclists and transit users as well motorists and goods movement which is vital for the economy.”
There will be 285 lane-kilometers resurfaced this year with a majority of work will be completed by local contractors creating local jobs in our city.
“Based on several of the contracts that have been awarded, we are seeing strong interest from industry partners resulting in favourable pricing,” explains Poon. “The City is using these savings and putting out additional contracts to the private sector and using the capacity in the roadbuilding industry stretching our tax dollar further for the benefit of citizens.”
Paving work will continue until the end of October, weather and budget permitting.
“What’s different with this year’s program is that due to the reduced volume of traffic, roadwork has been scheduled during the weekdays when possible. This makes it less expensive for contractors to resurface these roadways and helps to make our investments go further,” says Roads Director Troy McLeod.
McLeod says with increased construction activities on the road, drivers need to be reminded to slow down and watch out for crews on-site.
“People working on our roadways have families they support and we want workers and drivers to get home safely. Please obey all signage and flag persons working so we can get our jobs done for you safely and effectively.”
Other helpful tips for drivers include:
- Plan trips with the expectation that travel will take a few minutes longer during the summer construction season.
- Use alternate routes if you know the whereabouts of a construction zone, especially zones operating over a lengthy period of time. This will reduce traffic congestion and related risks.
- Obey speed limits in construction zones. Sometimes hazards are not visible to the motorist, but still pose a threat.
- Obey all rules and signs even when people and equipment are not working – these are there for your safety and there may be danger present
- Cooperate with other drivers to keep traffic moving smoothly. When traffic needs to merge because of a lane closure, ease into the driving lane early and leave gaps for other vehicles to merge.
We ask that residents be patient, slow down and obey all construction signage and detours. We also ask that citizens remove their vehicles as requested to allow us to complete our work efficiently and in a timely manner.
The City would also like to remind citizens they are able to see all roadway projects, including paving, on the Roadway Activities Map. For more information on this year’s paving projects, visit Calgary.ca/paving.