Calgary Freeway Protects Wildlife

Calgary, as the center of Canada's 'Oil Patch', has grown to over 900,000 people and has the highest number of vehicles per capita in North America. This article review some of the innovative methods used to solve a highway choke-point in a cost effective, timely way that also meets rising environmental demands.One innovation is a 'major fork' for north bound vehicles that saved money by not having to develop a traditional exit and reduced the need for one grade separated structure. It also improved safety because the remaining structure is on a tangent, a benefit in a climate where road ice is a potential hazard several months a year. Environmental issues were a big consideration in the planning of the project along with wildlife protection features. Provincial highway projects also need to be cost effective, and by choosing UMA Engineering to be the lead engineering firm for the entire project allowed the company to come up with cost saving ideas.

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  • Accession Number: 01001018
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 14 2005 4:50PM