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‘Unsafe’ Calgary intersection to close during ring road construction

September 7, 2021  By Rock to Road Staff

As construction on the West Calgary Ring Road continues, Alberta Transportation will permanently close the intersection of Highway 8 and 101 Street.

The closure is required now due to ongoing concerns about unsafe U-turns on Highway 8, says the province in a statement.

The intersection was scheduled to be closed this fall to allow for construction of an interchange in the Highway 8 and Stoney Trail area, but the province has rescheduled to deter drivers from making dangerous turns. The intersection is now expected to close in mid-September.

Left turns were prohibited and detours at 69 Street SW and 17 Avenue SW were put in place following the intersection’s partial closure in June.


Construction on the West Calgary Ring Road began in 2019 and will be open to traffic in 2024.

The project consists of three phases involving the Bow River Bridge, the North (DB1) and the South (DB2) for a total of nine kilometres of new divided highway, five kilometres of reconstructed highway, 24 bridges and six interchanges.

When completed, the West Calgary Ring Road will provide improved access to the area, including new, direct connections from the West Calgary Ring Road to Highway 8.

Read more about the West Calgary Ring Road and its sister project, the Southwest Calgary Ring Road, here.

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