The routes being considered for the final southwest portion of Calgary's ring road will be on public display beginning Tuesday.

City and provincial officials are hosting an open house at the Bethany Chapel on 3333 Richardson Way S.W. from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. MT. Additional open houses are scheduled for Wednesday at the Acadia Recreation Complex, Thursday at the Fish Creek Recreation Complex, and next week.

A plan to buy 400 hectares from the Tsuu T'ina First Nation to build the road from Glenmore Trail to Highway 22X on the western edge of the city was scuttled last fall when members voted against the idea.


Environmentalists say building the ring road through the Weaselhead Flats natural area could cause ecological damage. ((CBC))

That outcome left city and provincial officials looking for alternatives.

The most direct routes that remain as options are also the most contentious. Residents of Lakeview fear that hundreds of homes in the area would have to be demolished if the ring road travels down 37th Street S.W.

Environmentalists have also opposed the idea of expanding 37th Street southward either over or through the ecologically sensitive Weaselhead Flats.

Other options being looked at include routes traveling northward from:

  • Deerfoot Trail to Glenmore Trail.
  • Deerfoot Trail to Anderson Road to 14th Street.
  • Anderson Road to 14th Street.
  • MacLeod Trail to 14th Street.

The province wants to make a decision on a preferred route in about three months so that more detailed work can begin, said Trent Bancarz, a spokesman for Alberta Transportation.


City and provincial officials are hosting an open house this week and next to let Calgarians see the routes being considered for the final, southwest leg of the ring road. (City of Calgary)