Construction near MRU continues
By Nathan Woolridge, News Editor
Construction on major routes near MRU are still in full-swing and lane closures seem to continue slowing down traffic in some busy areas around the university.
Many of the delays are happening due to the widening of Glenmore Trail and various interchange upgrades.
Crews are currently working on the eventual eastbound lanes of Glenmore and are also focused on the widening of Crowchild Trail to the west. Design for these projects occurred in late 2017 and are scheduled to be finished this fall, according to the City of Calgary.
The Glenmore Trail Widening and Interchange Improvements project is a City-led project to connect Calgary’s road network to the ring road.
According to the City of Calgary, the project will “accommodate changes to traffic volume and patterns that are expected after the opening of the Southwest Ring Road.”
Glenmore Trail will be extended to six lanes between 37 Street and Crowchild Trail S.W. The goal is to create better access to the “overall transportation network,” the City said in a statement.
“The upgrade to the Glenmore Trail/Crowchild Trail S.W. interchange will modify the current interchange to manage traffic that’s moving east to north and south to west,” the City said. “A City study to update the long-term plans for the Glenmore Trail/Crowchild Trail S.W. interchange will occur in the future.”
Other features of construction in the MRU area includes, Constructing a new pedestrian bridge over Crowchild Trail at 54 Avenue S.W., other pedestrian crossing improvements along 54 Avenue and improved traffic signal coordination on Crowchild Trail.
With the construction happening near the university, it’s important to leave earlier if you are travelling along these routes in case traffic, including public transit are back up in key areas.
There will be significant lane closures from Sept. 18 to Sept. 23 and beyond both in the daytime and in the nighttime at various hours. If you are planning to travel along these routes, be sure to keep updated with important dates for road and lane closures on calgary.ca/Transportation.