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Construction season picking up in Calgary

Last Updated Aug 4, 2015 at 3:47 pm MDT

It’s been a very busy construction season in Calgary and it’s about to get even busier.

Crews began work on the Glenmore Trail – Ogden Road S.E. interchange Tuesday, expected to be complete in late 2017.

Once done, traffic will be free-flowing from end to end, including an overpass spanning the CPR and CNR tracks, as well as the Western Headworks Canal.

Until then, there will be significant delays at times in the area, although east and westbound traffic will be maintained.

This goes along with the pavement work already well underway on Glenmore at the Centre St/Fairmount & 11th Street overpasses.

Sean Somers with the City of Calgary Transportation Department said while it’s unclear how long the delays will be, it’ll be well worth it.

“For sure those who have travelled along Glenmore Trail know, there have been significant delays, but as the old saying goes, it’s construction season in Calgary, so now’s the time where we need to do that,” he said, adding the overpass paving should get done in the fall and credits the weather as playing a big role.

“A pretty darn good summer in terms of weather, which obviously facilitates work being done without delay, so yes we’re for sure on schedule, maybe ahead of schedule,” he said regarding the paving.

Another project beginning today is the McKnight Blvd. widening project, with most of this year’s construction happening in the median between 12 and 19 Streets N.E.

Some other projects already underway include the 16th Avenue – Bowford Road and Crowchild Trail – Flanders Avenue interchanges.

Unlike in 2013 with the flooding and in 2014 with the Snowtember storm, Somers said this year has been weather-delay free, which isn’t just helpful for timelines.

“Budgets honestly, in that we don’t have to do a bunch of additional overtime to cram things in at the end of the year to try and get things done,” he said.

For more information on the major projects, click here:

http://www.calgarycitynews.com/2015/06/major-transportation-construction.html