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Old Posted Mar 15, 2007, 4:24 AM
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Calgary Stoney Trail [Ring Road]

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construction starts in April...complete in november 2009. Update: Currently some outlets are claiming November 1st, 2009 as the opening date. A forum member personally spoke to the transport minister at a recent community meeting and he said the premier will be at a ribbon cutting ceremony on November 2nd.

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The Alberta government has signed a 30-year contract with the Stoney Trail Group to design, build, operate and partially finance Stoney Trail from its junction with Deerfoot Trail to 17 Avenue SE. The contract also includes maintenance of Stoney Trail NW from its junction with Deerfoot Trail to 16 Avenue NW.

Total length is 21 kilometres.

Six-lane sections from Deerfoot Trail to Metis Trail (44 Street NE) and McKnight Boulevard to 16 Avenue NE. Other sections are four-lane.

Interchanges at Deerfoot Trail, Metis Trail, Country Hills Boulevard, Airport Trail, McKnight Boulevard, and 16 Avenue NE.

Signalized t-intersection at 17 Avenue SE. An interchange will be built when Stoney Trail is extended south of 17 Avenue SE.

Construction of two new railway bridge structures and rehabilitation of two existing railway bridge structures.
Open house is March 29 from 2 to 8 pm at Sunridge Mall

Speed limits:
NE: 100 km/h at first, then 110 km/h around 2015
NW: 80 km/h or 60 km/h depending on construction zones. 100 km/h from bedington to deerfoot
SE & SW: TBD, indications that by 2015 it will be 110 km/h



Government Website with diagrams & pictures:
http://www.transportation.alberta.ca/804.htm


Chinook Roads Partnership website [the SE portion, under construction]:
http://www.sestproject.ca/photo-gallery

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Old Posted Mar 15, 2007, 4:28 AM
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Is there any word on when any of the other extensions are going to be finished. for example stony trail in the SW, or SE?
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Old Posted Mar 15, 2007, 4:30 AM
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good news, its a start
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Old Posted Mar 15, 2007, 4:33 AM
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Great! Now we just need one going east to west !
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Old Posted Mar 15, 2007, 4:48 AM
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I hope they create a Metis Trail/Airport Trail connection at the same time or sooner. It is silly that you have to drive on what is basically a country road to get up north to Deerfoot or Country Hills from the north-of-McKnight communities.
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I hope they create a Metis Trail/Airport Trail connection at the same time or sooner. It is silly that you have to drive on what is basically a country road to get up north to Deerfoot or Country Hills from the north-of-McKnight communities.
They're going to need to build a tunnel to carry Airport Trail under the new runway that is going to be built.
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Old Posted Mar 17, 2007, 2:16 AM
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They're going to need to build a tunnel to carry Airport Trail under the new runway that is going to be built.
Yes, but it doesn't neccesarily have to be a tunnel now. Perhaps they should do the grading now, and put the road in the right place, ready to be covered up when the runway goes ahead. I imagine it would take a little bit of a different design then regular design.

Either that or build it like a detour road right now, and build the tunnel beside it later, but then of course, you have to pay for building the road twice.

It'll be a long tunnel, but it'll be relatively easy to construct, since it'll be easy to do cut and cover construction, since there is nothing around there, just lots of open space. No expensive long distance soil hauling to do. I wonder how deep they need to make it?
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Yes, but it doesn't neccesarily have to be a tunnel now. Perhaps they should do the grading now, and put the road in the right place, ready to be covered up when the runway goes ahead.
Nonetheless, that isn't City-owned land, and I'm sure the Airport doesn't want the City building a road across their future runway and then failing to bury it when the time comes to build the runway. (Not to mention that there already is jurisdictional squabbling over who should pay for Airport Trail across YYC land.) Then you've got what will presumably be a heavily used expressway that is blocking construction of a runway.
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this will free up traffic for about a year, then it will cause more gridlock.
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Old Posted Mar 15, 2007, 5:14 AM
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Metis Tr. will be connected (map)

The SW connection is a bit out, they are still neogotiating with the Tsuu Tina and the environmentalists are always going to be against it. I wouldn't expect to see that component for another decade at least. Even the stretch from 16th to Highway 8 is a ways off. The SE leg we'll likely see soon after the NE part is built.
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I wish environmentalists would get their heads out of their arse. It's a lot more environmentally unfriendly in the long haul to have thousands of vehicles idling and slowly moving through underdeveloped roads than it is to build routes to take people away from these problem areas.
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wow, I'm so excited.

I just hope this does help revitalize 16th, like some people seem to think.
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wow, I'm so excited.

I just hope this does help revitalize 16th, like some people seem to think.
This, and the improvements on 16th itself (whenever they are done) should do a lot to revitalize 16th ave. I'm glad the city decided to add the nice landscaping along that stretch. I think the city want to increase density along that stretch too, the most density being right around the mojor intersections.
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Good to see this starting!

This gives those of us from Edmonton heading to Banff (or further into BC) another way of bypassing the city and traffic.

Plus it will help me with my trips to Calgary since most of the people I visit are all in new suburbs each on different sides of the city. lol
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This gives those of us from Edmonton heading to Banff (or further into BC) another way of bypassing the city and traffic.
This road won't really help you do that, unless you like driving through more of the city than you had to before.

THE NW part of the ring road would help you out though. It'll be done next year.
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The SW section is taking waaaaaay too long. I say get negotiations done with the tsu-tina by Sept, or go around them. Use access to the new casino as a bargaining chip; no ring road, no casino access...
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The SW section is taking waaaaaay too long. I say get negotiations done with the tsu-tina by Sept, or go around them. Use access to the new casino as a bargaining chip; no ring road, no casino access...
They should have done that from the beginning
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They should have done that from the beginning
And I hit "submit" wondering how soon it would be until I got jumped on for my harsh opinion... so far, so good!
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This road won't really help you do that, unless you like driving through more of the city than you had to before.

THE NW part of the ring road would help you out though. It'll be done next year.
I was refering to the NW portion. Although I didn't realize they weren't working on both at the same time.
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At the pace the NW is going, and the schedule for the NE its quite possible that both will be opening within months of each other (currently NW is fall 2008, and the NE is fall 2009). If there are any more delays on the NW its quite possible that it may be summer 2009 instead. The NE is more likely to be done on time since it is a P3.
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