On October 29, 2017, The City began the first phase of Crowchild Trail upgrades over the Bow River, between Bow Trail and Memorial Drive, and then further north up to 5 Avenue N.W.
The objective of this two-year project is to upgrade Crowchild Trail so that it will manage traffic better over the Bow River, move traffic more efficiently on to and off of Crowchild Trail, and improve connections for people who walk and cycle in the area.
Crowchild Trail is a critical part of Calgary’s transportation network; it sees up to 107,000 vehicles a day, has thousands of people using the pathways below, and communities on either side. “We have to keep this road open while we work because it’s the main north-south link across the west side of Calgary, provides access downtown, and connects to major destinations across the city”, Jeff Baird, Senior Transportation Engineer, City of Calgary explains.
“For the safety of crews and people travelling in the area, we’re slowing people down through the site, but we’re keeping all the traffic lanes open during weekdays and focusing on more of the road impact work through the night.” Baird adds, “Our team is working to ensure the noisier work is minimized through the night and we’ll be communicating our night schedules to our neighbours and posting it online.”
When pathway closures and detours are necessary, notices will be put in place (For example: Crowchild Trail pedestrian bridge which is closed from Nov. 6 to spring 2018, to accommodate bridge work. People can use Edworthy Park bridge or 14 Street S.W. bridge to cross the Bow River).
In an effort to provide neighbouring communities with the opportunity to review the detailed construction plans and ask questions of the project team, The City of Calgary has arranged the following information session:
Crowchild Trail Upgrades Project Information Session
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
6:30 – 8:30 pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)
Hillhurst-Sunnyside Community Association
South Social Hall
1320 5 Avenue N.W.
For more information, visit www.calgary.ca/crowchild.