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Interchange gets approval

Commuters in the south west can look forward to big changes next year. Calgary city council approved plans for Glenmore Trail, adding an interchange at Glenmore Trail and 37 Street SW.

Commuters in the south west can look forward to big changes next year.

Calgary city council approved plans for Glenmore Trail, adding an interchange at Glenmore Trail and 37 Street SW.

The decision comes just months after the province’s deal with the Tsuu T’ina for the southwest ring road fell through.

“We need to move forward on this,” said Ward 11 Ald. Brian Pincott, adding council has been waiting for the province’s decision before making their move.

“There’s no question that 37th and Glenmore is an intersection that has been a fail for years,” Pincott said.

He said now that there’s a decision construction could begin as early as next year.

Council still has to approve funding for the project that’s expected to cost more than $40 million.

City staff said much of that money can be found in money left over from other projects as well as the funds set aside for connections to the ring road had the province approved it.

The interchange at Glenmore Trail and 37 Street SW will help with the flow of east/west traffic.

Council also directed staff to continue working with the province to develop a plan for the southwest ring road connection from Highway 8 to Highway 22x.

Ward 12 Ald. Ric McIver wanted the province to build the road west of the Glenmore reservoir.

“I just want Calgary’s drinking water to remain safe,” McIver said, adding he felt heavy truck traffic near the reservoir could be dangerous.

 
 
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