Current plans for the South West section of the Calgary Ring Road call for an eight lane roadway on opening day with an eventual maximum of 16 lanes within the next 25 years.
The presentations will focus on the engineering concerns and environmental impacts of the proposed crossing of the Elbow River Valley. Part of the land used for the roadway involves a loss of four to eight acres of the west end of the Weaselhead Natural Environment Park. Moreover, the plans include changes to the channels of the Elbow River and Fish Creek to accommodate the planned cut-and-fill causeway and short-span bridge structures. Given the nature of the meandering Elbow River, such re-direction of the channel is a major concern, particularly in view of the flood of 2013.
Presenters: Susan Ryan and Laszlo Jamniczky
Susan is working on a Masters Degree in Geography at the U of Calgary, in urban stormwater policy, after multiple years of volunteering and consulting in the environmental field. She is currently the interim Executive Director of Calgary River Valleys, a non-profit organization that is the watershed stewardship group for the rivers, riparian lands and wetlands in the City of Calgary. Susan is also a founding member and currently a Board member on the Weaselhead/Glenmore Park Preservation Society.
Laszlo is a retired electrical engineer with a 40 year domestic and overseas career in the electrical utility industry. He is on the board of the Rocky Mountain Ramblers, an outdoors group of which he has been a member since 1967.