I received the below update on the Elbow Drive Reconstruction Project from Transportation Infrastructure, which I wanted to share with you.
Construction update – Nov. 24, 2011
- As of Nov. 24, 2011, all lanes on Elbow Drive are open to traffic with two lanes operating in each direction. Traffic lanes are clearly marked, but lines will be painted on the road once the pavement dries.
- All roads east of Elbow Drive between 51st Avenue and 57th Avenue that were closed for construction are now re-opened.
- Bus stops are accessible and open in their final locations.
The Elbow Drive Reconstruction Project has been conducted in Phases. Phases 1 & 2 are largely complete except for the finishing work noted below. Phase 3, which is the reconstruction of the roadbed between Sifton Boulevard and 4th Street S.W., will begin in spring of 2012 (more details below and to follow).
Phase 1 – Elbow Drive between 50th Avenue S.W. and Lansdowne Avenue
- Phase 1 of the project is complete with the exception of the installation of the railing on the retaining wall south of Lansdowne Avenue, which will be completed this year. Any other minor repairs that are required will be completed in two to three years.
Phase 2 – Elbow Drive between Glenmore Trail and 50th Avenue S.W.
- The majority of the work in Phase 2 is now complete. Any remaining landscaping, curb and sidewalk work not completed in 2011 will be deferred until the spring of 2012. This includes relocation of some Enmax facilities, where necessary, to accommodate the sidewalk construction. Various lane closures will be necessary to accommodate this work.
Intersections of Elbow Drive and 50th Avenue and Elbow Drive and 58th Avenue S.W.
- Work on the southbound section of the intersection at 50th Avenue and Elbow Drive S.W. has been completed.
- Work on the northbound section of these two intersections will be deferred until the spring of 2012.
- When construction begins, 50th Avenue S.W. and 58th Avenue S.W at Elbow Drive will be closed to all traffic for two to three weeks.
Phase 3 – Sifton Boulevard to 4th Street S.W. (spring 2012)
- Reconstruction of the roadway between Sifton Boulevard and 4th Street S.W. is in the planning stages and work will begin in the spring/summer of 2012.
- Depending on weather and other circumstances, the project should be complete by the end of the 2012 construction season.
- During construction, the roadway will be reduced from four lanes to two for a period of between four to six months.
- Communication will take place with the community and commuters well before the project starts.
The last step – a final layer of paving
- Elbow Drive will receive a final layer of pavement at the end of the entire project. Final paving cannot begin until the construction area has had time to settle, usually about two to three years after construction has taken place.
- The final paving will smooth out any areas of uneven pavement at the construction joints of the various stages, particularly where the new pavement ties into the existing pavement.
- Paving may occur in stages, but there will still be access to Elbow Drive, although it will be reduced to accommodate the paving. Paving should not take more than one week for each phase of the project.
Please visit calgary.ca/elbowdrive for updates on this project.