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.

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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.

Project Updates


  1. September 2018
  2. August 2018
  3.  July 2018
  4.  May 2018
  5. 2017 Updates
  6.  2016 Updates

All work on Township Rd 240 has been delayed until next year but we will be continuing with underground work on RR 282 at the CN rail crossing. This work will require a road closure of RR 282 from September 17 – October 7. Following this closure RR 282 will be open until spring. 

Future work scheduled: 

  • Kinniburgh Bridge construction will start once the canal is empty November 1
  • Utility installation and road construction will start again in the spring for Township Rd 240, RR 282 and Kinniburgh Blvd. 

Township Rd 240 between RR 282 and Rainbow Rd. will remain closed until September 2019. 

The primary reasons for the project delays are:

  • Delays to the land acquisition process has resulted in construction activities planned for this year being re-scheduled to next year; pipe installation and pond construction are not possible without the required land.
  • Delays from the Province in regards to the wetland application and approval process resulted in a two month delay starting construction in the spring

The final completion date of October 31, 2019 has not been affected by the construction delays this year. Thank you for your patience during this construction. 

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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. 
    • Summer 2017 – Summer 2018—Twp Rd 240-  construction from RR 282 to Chestermere Boundary – Construction Complete
    • Summer 2018 & 2019 - Twp Rd 240 construction from Rainbow Road to RR 282 – Construction commenced
    • Fall 2018 – Spring 2019 - Kinniburgh Bridge and extension of Kinniburgh Blvd. to RR 282 (Southlink) – Construction commenced
    • Summer 2020—Twp Rd 240 construction from RR 284 to Rainbow Road
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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