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The South Gate Access Committee of the Slopes Board has been working hard and closely with officials from the City and the Province to lift the restrictions being imposed on the use of our community’s South Gate from the 31st of December 2019.
We wish to inform the community, that the City has acknowledged our concerns and has been working closely with Alberta Transportation (AT) and its Ring Road team. AT has advised that, while the gate needs to be removed, they will not restrict the access to the Slopes community through until Spring 2020. The South Gate will remain open.
During this time the City will work closely with AT and continue to advocate a solution that meets the needs of all parties. The City has already started working with its Planning Department to help identify, plan, and design solutions to ensure that The Slopes continues to have two entrances and exits to the community that are accessible, in particular to school buses, emergency vehicles, and other local traffic..
The South Gate Access Committee.
Thank you for your overwhelming support to ensure that The Slopes gains both a temporary and permanent access through a South Gate. The South Gate Access Committee, a sub committee of the Board, met with Jeff Davison on November 21 and provided a presentation outlining our concerns and goals. We look forward to updating you on the outcome of this meeting and the actions that will be taken to ensure our South Gate access.
Update— January 15, 2020
The City has already started working with its Planning Department to help identify, plan, and design permanent solutions to ensure that The Slopes continues to have two entrances and exits to the community that are accessible, in particular to school buses, emergency vehicles, and other residential traffic.
The process for a new south access point has begun. The Board has received notification from Alberta Transportation that the physical gate barrier on our south side must be removed from its current location within the next few days, due to expiry of the associated lease.
Although the physical gate will be removed from its current location in the next few days, access to Lower Springbank Road from the south end of Slopeview Drive will continue uninterrupted until April 2020.
Keeping You Posted on Area Projects
West Calgary Ring Road and Enmax Update
The 2015 Alberta Budget cut about $1.5 billion from existing ring road spending plans by delaying the west leg of the Ring Road for up to 10 years, which the government had initially planned to start building in 2017 and have finished by 2021.
For more information on the future West Calgary Ring Road alignment visit the Government of Alberta web site: http://www.transportation.alberta.ca/w-crrgp.htm
The Slopes Community Association has been working on your behalf to ensure that the integrity, value and enjoyment of our property is protected from the construction of the West Calgary Ring Road.
On Friday the 28 of June 2019 a delegation from the Slopes, Discovery and Springhill communities met with the Honorable Ric McIver Minister of Transportation Alberta, MLA Mike Ellis and City Councilor Jeff Davison at the McDougal Building or Government House South to discuss issues with the South West Calgary Ring Road and West Calgary Ring Road. (SWCRR, WCRR)
The three communities met on several occasions prior to this meeting and worked together to present a coordinated cooperative approach to ensure all the communities had their concerns addressed and would speak with one voice. Also in attendance at the meeting were the project engineer of the SWCRR and the assistants for all officials.
The following issues were discussed:
1) The impacts of the intersection of Highway 8 and the WCRR. We asked that the one crossover bridge be eliminated to lessen the impact on all three communities. i.e. eliminate the need for a triple over pass. This would be by way of simplification of traffic flow in separate directions (west and north) starting as far back as west of 69 street and highway 8. This will eliminate the need for the third level of a bridge deck. The height of a three level bridge structures would unnecessarily impact the south end of our community the most.
2) That the berms be built near the roads for maximum noise attenuation. This in order to deflect the road noise as soon as possible and to deflect it in an upward direction verses a directional direction. We have received assurances that berms will be built but we need to make sure that these need to be constructed next to the road.
3) That the ENMAX power line be buried. This is the consensus of all three communities. The Alberta Utility Commission (AUC) has stated that where new lines are to be constructed community issues need to be seriously considered. Since the meeting Enmax has generated a third option (South Central Route), which will be considered by the AUC which would alleviate the Slopes residents’ concerns.
ENMAX Highway 8 and 101 Street Transmission line 7.82 Relocation Projects
4) That an access ramp from 17th onto northbound WCRR be incorporated in the design of the WCRR. We don’t want to drive through other communities to get on to a new Ring Road. With the design solution as suggested to the minister we all should have access to the WCRR traveling northward.
5) The environmental impact of the Design Build (DB) and the inevitable construction will bring issues such as dust, noise, and hours of operation to the fore front. We have had the impact of the hauling road for two years presently and the Minister told us that he hopes not to go into 2023 for the completion of the WCRR. We asked that these items be seriously considered as preventive measures sooner, rather than later.
6) The wetlands that will be lost due to the WCRR construction are to be relocated but this should still be in the local area to the east side of the “to be“ constructed WCRR. Rebuilding wetlands near our community is the rightful thing to do. The Slopes drains presently into the wet lands below on the other side of Lower Spring Bank Road.
7) That the pathways alignments be determined at the time of the WCRR design and to be incorporated into the whole Calgary pathway network to provide continuity. Into Discovery, West Hills and the new City park (Clearwater) on the west side of 101 Street S.W.
8) In particular we wish to see the same sound attenuation policies as those applied to Highway 8 near the Slopes as the Glenmore Trail, East of Sarcee Trail. We do not understand why the same road has different standards. The Slopes community is located in Calgary and should be governed by the same standards as other City properties which have more stringent sound attenuation standards. A special designation has been asked for and will be brought up in future meetings.
Many thanks to the sub committees of the Slopes Association Boards and community members for the years of hard work by volunteering and attending meetings with advice, suggestions and solutions, forward thinking on potential engineering studies on green power, engaging and obtaining a power line planner for an potential eventual AUC hearing, culminating in this very important meeting and presentation of all of our concerns with the Alberta Transportation Minister Ric McIver, MLA Mike Ellis and City Councilor Jeff Davison.
South Entrance Gate and Access
As of December 31, 2019 we will no longer have access to our south exit. The province owns the land as part of the TUC, and is reclaiming it for construction purposes relating to the West Calgary Ring Road. The south exit and entrance access will be closed to all local traffic, but will remain open for emergency vehicles only.
The Slopes South Gate Access Committee, including Board members and community residents, has been established to negotiate with the City of Calgary and provincial government to keep this access. WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Anyone who has children being picked up by SCHOOL buses will be effected, as the buses will no longer have access to the lower exit/entrance for picking up and dropping off children. We have a good indication from school boards they will NOT be able to provide school bus pick/delivery throughout the Slopes if there is no lower gate access which helps buses avoid the hill.
We are collecting names for a petition that we will share with our elected officials. If you would like to add your name to the petition, kindly contact the Slopes South Gate Access Committee at: