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Kensington improvements project

Project update

We're into Kensington campaign photoUpdate June 20, 2016

  • Signal work began at the intersection of Kensington Road and 14 Street N.W. on June 15 and will continue until early July. Until June 22, crews will be working on the N.W. and N.E. corners of the intersection. Work will occur from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on weekdays. From June 23 until July 8, crews will be working on the S.W. and S.E. corners of the intersection.
  • Pedestrians will be accommodated around the work using cones, with crew members on site to assist. A temporary crosswalk east of the intersection will be installed, providing pedestrians other routes around the signal.
  • Signal work will begin at the intersection of 10 Street N.W. and 2 Avenue N.W. on June 20 and continue until June 23.
  • Construction has finished on the west side of 10 Street N.W. between 2 Avenue N.W. and the lane north of Kensington Road N.W. the sidewalk was re-opened to pedestrian traffic on June 14, 2016.
  • Construction is substantially complete on the north side of Kensington Road N.W. between 10A Street N.W. and the lane west of 10 Street N.W as of June 18, 2016. Due to the discovery of a damaged water valve, it is anticipated that the repair will be completed and the sidewalk can fully be re-opened by June 25, 2016 (weather permitting).
  • Construction has finished on the north side of Kensington Road N.W. between 11 Street N.W. and 11A Street N.W. the sidewalk was re-opened to pedestrian traffic on June 20, 2016.
  • Construction began on the north side of Kensington Road N.W. between 11A Street N.W. and 12 Street N.W. on June 13, 2016. Anticipated completion of this block is June 29 (weather permitting).
  • The next scheduled block for construction will be the north side of Kensington Road N.W. between 12 Street N.W. and 14 Street N.W. Construction began with saw-cutting on June 17, 2016. The sidewalk was left intact for the weekend of June 18 & 19, 2016, and the sidewalk construction will begin on June 20, 2016 (weather permitting). Anticipated completion of this block is July 8, 2016

See previous Kensington update documents.

Please submit an online service request for information regarding business impacts, detours, project status updates or general comments/concerns.

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Project construction schedule

 Updated June 20, 2016

​Date ​Block
​2015 - Sep. 16 – Oct. 3 ​10 Street N.W. between 4 Avenue N.W. and 3 Avenue N.W. (east side) – Completed
​2015 - Oct. 2 – 19 ​10 Street N.W. between 3 Avenue N.W. and 2 Avenue N.W. (east side) – Completed
​Mon., Apr. 11 – Fri., Apr. 29 ​10 Street N.W. between 2 Avenue N.W. and Memorial Drive N.W. (east side) – Completed
​Mon., May 2 – Mon., May 16 ​Kensington Road N.W. between 10A Street to 11 Street N.W. (North Side) – Completed
​Mon., May 9 – Tues., May 30 ​10 Street N.W. between 2 Avenue N.W. and 3 Avenue N.W. (west side) – Completed
​Mon., May 16 – Sat., Jun. 4 ​10 Street N.W. between Gladstone Road N.W. and 3 Avenue N.W. (west side) – Completed
​Tues., May 24 – Tues., Jun. 14 ​10 Street N.W. between 2 Avenue N.W. and lane north of Kensington Road N.W. (west side) – Completed
​Mon., May 30 – Sat., June 25* ​Kensington Road N.W. between 10A Street N.W. and lane west of 10 Street N.W. (north side) – In Progress
​Mon., June 6 – Mon., June 20 ​Kensington Road N.W. between 11 Street N.W. and 11A Street N.W. (north side) – Completed
​Mon., June 13 – Wed., June 29* ​Kensington Road N.W. between 11A Street N.W. and 12 Street N.W.  (north side) – In Progress
​Mon., June 20 – Fri., July 8* ​Kensington Road N.W. between 12 Street N.W. and 14 Street N.W. (north side) – In Progress
​Fri., July 8 – Sun., July 17* ​No Construction – Stampede
​Mon., July 18 – Wed., Aug. 3* ​Kensington Road N.W. between 14 Street N.W. and 13 Street N.W. (south side)
​Mon., July 25 – Wed., Aug. 10* ​Kensington Road N.W. between 13 Street N.W. and 12 Street N.W. (south side)
​Sat., July 30 – Sun., July 31 ​Kensington BRZ programmed activities – construction to be minimized
​Tues., Aug. 2 – Thurs., Aug. 18* ​Kensington Road N.W. between 12 Street N.W. and Kensington Crescent N.W. (west exit) - south side
​Mon., Aug. 8 – Wed., Aug. 24* ​Kensington Road N.W. between Kensington Crescent N.W. (west exit) and Kensington Crescent N.W. (east entrance) – south side
​Mon., Aug. 15 – Wed., Aug. 31* ​Kensington Road N.W. between 10A Street N.W. and 10 Street N.W. (south side)
​Mon., Aug. 22 – Wed., Sep. 7* ​10 Street N.W. between Kensington Road N.W. and Memorial Drive N.W. (west side)
​Mon., Aug. 29 – Wed., Sep. 14 ​10 Street N.W. (west side) at 2 Avenue N.W. – Adjacent to The Kensington development by Bucci
​Tues., Sep. 6 – Thurs., Sep. 22* ​Kensington Road N.W. between Kensington Crescent N.W. (east entrance) and 10A Street N.W. (south side)

 *Dates are weather permitting – Schedule to be updated weekly to provide most accurate information

Project overview

This summer we’re into Kensington! The City of Calgary, in partnership  with the Kensington Business Revitalization Zone (BRZ), will be implementing improvements to Kensington’s public realm. The project will focus on redesigning and replacing the streetscape of Kensington Road N.W. between 10 Street N.W. and 14 Street N.W. and on 10 Street N.W. between Memorial Drive and 5 Avenue N.W.

Improvements will include the replacement of ageing infrastructure like sidewalks, trees, street lights and street furniture to provide safer mobility in the area for all. 

 

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  • Kensington pedestrian light improvements
  • Kensington LED street light improvements
  • Kensington liter receptacle improvements
  • Kensington bike rack improvements
 

Sidewalks

Currently the sidewalks in Kensington are suffering from broken or missing interlocking paving stones. By replacing the paving stones with new concrete The City will eliminate trip hazards for pedestrians and provide a uniform look for all sidewalks in the area.


Before and After photos of the west side of 10 Street N.W. between Gladstone Road and 3 Avenue S.W. Brand new sidewalks on the completed blocks will make the area safer by removing trip hazards for pedestrians.

Trees

Many of the trees in the Kensington area are old and dying which results in high maintenance costs every year. These old or dying trees will be replaced. Additionally, tree trenches will be installed under the sidewalk. Tree trenches provide extra room for tree roots to grow and hold rain water to keep the tree healthy.

Streetlights

Energy efficient LED street lighting and pedestrian lighting will be installed on 10 Street N.W. and and Kensington Road N.W. Pedestrians account for much of the traffic in Kensington, providing pedestrian street lighting will enhance safety and allow citizens to enjoy Kensington once the sun goes down.

Street furniture

Street furniture including litter receptacles, bike racks and newspaper corrals will be installed. The installation of benches, where space is available, is also being considered by the project team.

Project timeline

The first phase of construction began in September 2015. Efforts will be made to minimize the impact to local businesses during construction.

  • September/October 2015: First phase of construction began.
  • Summer 2016: Construction continuation on 10 Street N.W. and Kensington Road N.W. Additionally, tree installation will take place throughout the entire project area.
  • Fall 2016: Construction completed.

Construction Schedule

Preconstruction:

  • Approximately two weeks prior to construction adjacent property owners will be notified of impending construction.
  • Approximately one to two weeks prior to construction utility lines for ATCO, ENMAX, Telus, Shaw, etc. will be identified using paint on the sidewalk and roads. Temporary signage for sidewalk or road detours will be set up.

Construction details:

Constructions on each block will take approximately two weeks to complete. This timeline is weather dependent. Each block phase will follow the following steps:

  1. Saw cutting and removal of existing concrete sidewalk and asphalt pavement. This will occur between the back of the curb and the property line.
  2. Temporary wood planking will be installed to provide pedestrian access for local businesses.
  3. Installation of new underground conduits and pedestrian/streetlight bases. Tree trenches will also be installed at this time. 
  4. Once all underground elements have been installed prep work for new concrete will be done. This includes gravelling, forming and levelling to allow of the construction of new curbs and sidewalks.
  5. Next the concrete is poured and any adjacent asphalt is rehabilitated. The concrete requires a minimum of 24 hours curing time before the sidewalk can be opened to the public for pedestrian access.
  6. After the concrete is cured the sidewalk is reopened and regular business access is restored.

Once all construction is completed street lighting and pedestrian lighting, as well as street furniture including bike racks, waste receptacles, benches and media pillars will be installed. Trees will be planted in the summer of 2016.

For more information on sidewalk and lane closures visit Calgary.ca/trafficinfo.

Project budget

Council approved $4.5 million in 2012-2013 surplus parking revenues for public realm improvements in the Kensington BRZ.

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