As we make our way into 2017 we wanted to take a moment to update you on the Ring Road development and construction.
This January construction is underway to relocate the Enmax transmission line south of the Glenmore and Sarcee Trail intersection to continue south across the river valley to the new substation north of 90thAve. For more details and map on the project visit the link https://www.enmax.com/generation-wires/transmission-and-distribution/current-projects/swcrr-proposed-138-kv-transmission-relocation
Construction for the South West Calgary Ring Road (SWCRR) is being carried out by Kiewit, Graham, Ledcor (KGL), a construction consortium made up of North American companies to build and manage the SWCRR. As construction is looming, we continue to work with developers for increased environmental mitigation. A noise wall would be an ideal solution to protecting biodiversity and park user enjoyment, while also reducing salt spray and preventing other contaminants from entering the sensitive wetlands and Elbow River which provide south Calgary with its drinking water source.
We ask our members and the public to please contact your MLA and Transportation Minister Brian Mason to make several requests
- Investment into a state of the art sound wall for the Elbow River Valley and Fish Creek portions of the SWCRR.
- Follow Alberta Transportation (AT) own Best Practice Guidelines including Planning Considerations for Wildlife Passage in Urban Environments.
- KGL and AT to work with the City of Calgary and The Weaselhead/Glenmore Park Preservation Society (WGPPS) in regards to mitigating mammal and wildlife passage. Further consideration for wildlife underpasses and overpasses crossing structures.
- KGL and AT to work with the City of Calgary and WGPPS to ensure vegetation plantings and sourcing is appropriate.
- AT to further invest in improving all environmental mitigation efforts for this project.
You can find an address list for members of your local and federal government here: http://theweaselhead.com/wp-wh/assets/SendLettersToUPDATED.pdf
This coming spring species listed as sensitive like the Sora whose song sounds like laughter coming from the reeds of the Beaver Pond will be returning to a home they may have to avoid. The Olive-sided Flycatcher, listed as threatened, will be returning to a fragmented landscape altered and noisy. We can do better. We need to continue working with AT to encourage them to do better – your communications with them are still needed.
Lisa Dahlseide B.Sc.
Hours of Work: KGL Constructors expects to carry out construction in the TUC on Monday to Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and Sunday and statutory holidays from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Stay safe and stay out of the TUC.