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 - July 2017
  2. Update - May 2017
  3. Project Update - December 2016

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. 

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.

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