Township Road 240 Upgrade

Project Overview

If you haven’t driven Township Road 240 in a while, it only takes a moment to realize you’ll be in for a bumpy ride.

Chestermere’s southern border road is one of the few remaining gravel roads in the community. Over the past few years its usage has grown and now serves approximately 800 vehicles per day. Despite the best efforts of roads crews who grade the route several times a week, the road is in need of an upgrade.

Aware of its poor condition, an upgrade has been considered for several years. In 2015, the City received a Federal and Provincial grant for $6 Million to assist with the upgrade of the road.

This initiative is a multi-year project that will support the future growth and development of Chestermere, improve access to the City as a whole, help attract commercial and light industrial businesses, and ease traffic congestion on other major transportation routes. 


The project consists of upgrading the existing gravel road along Township Road 240 and mapRange Road 282 to a new paved road. As part of the upgrade two new bridges will be constructed over the Western Irrigation District canals and the bridge over the Alberta Environment canal will be widened.

Township Road 240 will be upgraded to a 2 lane urban industrial standard from Hwy 791 to Range Road 284.

The South Link Connector is the extension of Kinniburgh Blvd and upgrade of Range Road 282 to a 2-lane urban collector roadway with a separate walk. A new bridge will be constructed over the canal south of Kinniburgh Blvd to connect it to Range Road 282.

Schedule
The project will be completed in the phase schedule indicated below:
  • October 19, 2016 - Open House - Thank you for attending!
  • Winter 2017—Spring 2017—Bridge construction on Twp Rd 240 over WID Canal (East) -  Construction Complete. 
  • Fall 2017 – Fall 2018 - Kinniburgh Bridge and extension of Kinniburgh Blvd. to RR 282 (Southlink)
  • Summer 2017—Twp Rd 240-  Construction from Rge Rd 282 to Chestermere Boundary
  • Summer 2018—Twp Rd 240-  Construction from Rainbow Road to RR 282 and RR 282 (Southlink Connector)
  • Fall 2018—Spring 2019—Bridge construction on Twp Rd 240 over AEP Canal (West)
  • Summer 2019—Twp Rd 240 construction from RR 284 to Rainbow Road
  • Future (date to be confirmed)—South Link Connector—RR 282/Kinniburgh
Project Updates
  1. Update - November 2017
  2. Update - October 2017
  3. Update - September 2017
  4. Update - July 2017
  5. Update - May 2017
  6. Update - December 2016
Posted November 2, 2017

Over the last few months, crews have been working on installing utilities and building the foundation of the road between RR 282 and the East Chestermere boundary.  All excavation of the roadway is complete and gravel has been installed over the entire project area.  

If weather permits, the concrete and asphalt will be completed this fall. Contingency plans are in place to ensure the driving surface is adequate for the winter.

Posted November 14, 2017

Road construction on Township Road 240 has been shut down for the winter. Due to weather conditions, crews were unable to complete paving this year. Over the next several weeks, crews will bring in gravel to smooth out the surface, clean up the approaches and install temporary guard rails at the bridge before de-mobilizing for the season.

The road will be open for the winter. To protect the work completed, the posted speed limit will be 50 km/hr and trucks will be limited to 50%.In the spring it will take approximately a month to complete this phase of the project which includes paving.  

The next phase of the project is between RR 282 and Rainbow Road.  The City is currently finalizing the design and construction is scheduled to begin in May.


Funding
The Township Road 240 upgrade is being funded in part by the Small Communities Fund Grant as well as the City Off-Site Levies (from development). The South Link Connector is being funded by the Kinniburgh Developer(s).

On May 15, Council approved first reading of a borrowing bylaw to cover the upfront costs for this project not funded by grants. The loan, should it move ahead, On July 4, following advertising and public notice of the borrowing bylaw, Council passed 2nd and 3rd reading of the Bylaw. As such, the portion of the project not funded by grants will be repaid to the City through the collection of Roads off-site levies from future development and will cover the front-ending and outstanding costs. Those levies from developers will include payments for interest and administration costs associated with the project.

Project Overview Map
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Detailed Map Plans

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