Welcome and Danit’ada.
The history of the Southwest Calgary Ring Road (variously known as the Sarcee Trail extension, the Southwest Connector, the West-Bypass and Southwest-Bypass) is a long and complex one. I hope to shed some historical light on this project and the issues that surround it, as well as present new developments as they occur.
I live in Lakeview with my wife and two children. I chose to make this my home because of both the quiet community itself and because of its proximity to the reservoir, Glenmore Park and the Weaselhead natural area. Just about every official incarnation of a major road in this area missed the community by about a mile, but in 2011 the prospect of a multi-lane highway through Lakeview (with the loss of perhaps hundreds of homes, and the impact a freeway would have on the community, the park and natural areas) motivated me to understand the issue better, and to research the true history of the road.
With access to news archives, planning documents and personal correspondence with active participants and historical archivists, a clear and honest picture of the history of this road has begun to emerge. At the same time, some of the misconceptions that surround this issue will hopefully be resolved. Though the 2013 signing of the Ring Road agreement by the Tsuut’ina Nation and the Province of Alberta has seemingly eliminated much of the uncertainty surrounding this project, there is still much more to tell of its rich history. In addition, as the project moves forward towards construction and eventually completion, there will be many more aspects of this story still to be told.
If you have any questions that are not answered on the site, any comments or any further information about the issues surrounding the road, please feel free to write. Contact me by either leaving a comment on a post or by clicking here to send me an email.
I owe a huge debt of gratitude to my wife Sarah for her help and patience. Without her I couldn’t tell these stories.
Siyisgaas and thank you,