Township Road 240 Upgrade
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 Range 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.
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
- Update - November 2017
- Update - October 2017
- Update - September 2017
- Update - July 2017
- Update - May 2017
- Update - December 2016
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.
December 8 Update:
Township Road 240 from Highway 791 to RR 282 is now open for the winter. Due to weather constraints, crews were unable to complete paving this fall. As the sub base work is complete, asphalt will be added in the spring. The next phase of the project is between RR 282 and Rainbow Road and is scheduled to begin in May. Thank you for your patience during construction.
Posted October 18, 2017
Over the past few weeks, we have been working on building the foundation of the road between RR 281 and RR 282. The next portion of the project in this area will be to add gravel to this section. This area will be a very active construction zone and we will complete as much as possible before the weather changes.
Once the preparation work is complete west of RR 281, work will continue east from Range Road 281 to the Chestermere boundary. This work will include creating a strong foundation for the future road. Resident access will be accommodated by only working on one lane at a time and we will work with each residence on a case by case basis.
The excavation work in this area will start Tuesday, October 17th and is scheduled to be completed by Oct 30th. Gravel fill will be placed following the excavation and grading. This should be completed quickly and will provide a suitable driving surface for the winter.
Asphalt will be added to this phase (from Range Road 282 to the Chestermere Boundary) as soon as possible, weather dependent.
**All dates and proposed schedules are weather dependant.
Construction of Twp Rd 240 is progressing on schedule. The underground utilities are complete and the sub base prep for the road is well under way. Over the next few weeks excavation will continue and the gravel base prep for the asphalt will follow. Construction will continue into the fall as long as weather permits, the road will re-open once construction concludes for the season.
In January of 2017, the project began with the upgrade of the bridge over the canal near Chestermere’s eastern border. The bridge construction is on schedule and will be complete by the end of July.
The next phase of construction is upgrading Twp Rd 240 between RR 282 and the east Chestermere's boundary. In this section of the road there will be utilities such as water, sanitary and storm placed in under road. Once the utilities have been installed the base preparation for the road will begin. Based on preliminary site inspections and a geo-technical report the existing road structure is not suitable to pave so the existing base will be excavated and suitable material will be placed to provide a solid foundation for concrete and asphalt.
The water and sanitary lines being installed will service for new industrial development in the southern parts of Chestermere and will be repaid through offsite levies.
Starting near Range Road 282 and moving east towards the new bridge, this portion of TWP Rd 240 will be closed for the duration of construction (with local access only). Due to weather and regulatory constraints, concrete and asphalt work will commence in the spring. This phase of construction is expected to be complete in July 2018 and will be followed by the upgrade of the section between Range Road 282 and Rainbow Road and RR 282.
Over the past few months, work has been underway to replace the bridge over the canal near Range Road 281. All in-canal work is complete, concrete abutments were poured and girders are installed. Work to prepare the bridge approach and the bridge deck will continue over the next few months. We anticipate completing the bridge near Range Road 281 by July.
Starting this summer, crews will demolish and replace the portion of Township Road 240 from Range Road 282 to Highway 791. More information (including detour maps), will be provided in the coming weeks.
The first phase of construction is to replace the existing Twp Rd 240 bridge over the WID canal east of Range Road 281. Construction is scheduled to begin Jan 3, 2017.
Twp Rd 240 between RR 281 and Hwy 791 will be closed for the construction period which is scheduled to begin Jan 3, 2017 and be complete by June 30, 2017.
This area will be restricted to local access only with no traffic crossing the canal. The detour route for the road closure is outlined on the right.
Please check back this page for project updates and feedback from the Open House. Contact Carrie at (403) 207-2807 for more information on this project.
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
- Southlink Connection
- Twp Rd 240 at Hwy 791
- Twp Rd 240 at the East Canal Crossing and RR281
- Twp Rd 240 at RR282
- Twp Rd 240 between RR 282 and Rainbow Rd.
- Twp Rd 240 at Rainbow Rd.
- Twp Rd 240 from Paradise Meadows – Range Road 284