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Kensington improvements project

Road Closures:

  • Kensington Road will be closed between 12 Street and 13 Street N.W. from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 23. Traffic will be detoured via Kensington Close N.W. Flag operators will be one site to assist pedestrians.
  • Kensington Road will be closed between 11 Street and 11A Street N.W. from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday, July 24. Traffic will be detoured via Kensington Crescent N.W. Flag operators will be one site to assist pedestrians.

 Project update

We're into Kensington campaign photoUpdate July 14, 2016

  • Construction is 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. The water valve has been repaired and the remainder of the sidewalk was re-opened on July 10.
  • Construction is complete on the north side of Kensington Road N.W. between 11 Street N.W. and 11A Street N.W. The sidewalk re-opened to pedestrians on June 20, 2016 and the northeast corner of Kensington Road N.W. and 11A Street N.W. was completed July 8, 2016.

 

  • Construction is substantially complete on the north side of Kensington Road N.W. between 11A Street N.W. and 12 Street N.W. the sidewalk re-opened to pedestrians on June 26, 2016. The northwest corner of 11A Street N.W. and Kensington Road N.W. construction will remain as asphalt until the underground storm water connection is made across Kensington Road N.W. Underground storm water construction is scheduled for July 24, 2016, and the closure of Kensington Road N.W. is required to complete this construction. Parking surrounding the intersection will be restricted while construction is occurring. More information on the road closure of Kensington Road N.W. can be found at Calgary.ca/trafficinfo. The concrete sidewalk work will be completed after July 24, 2016.
  • Construction began on the north side of Kensington Road N.W. between 12 Street N.W. and 14 Street N.W. on June 20, 2016. The majority of the sidewalk is open to pedestrian traffic as of July 11, 2016. The exceptions is the corners at 12 Street N.W. The northwest corner of 12 Street N.W. and Kensington Road N.W. will remain as asphalt until the underground storm water connection is made across Kensington Road N.W. construction will remain as asphalt until the underground storm water connection is made across Kensington Road N.W. Underground storm water construction is scheduled for July 23, 2016, and the closure of Kensington Road N.W. is required to complete this construction. Parking surrounding the intersection will be restricted while construction is occurring. More information on road closure of Kensington Road N.W. can be found at Calgary.ca/trafficinfo. The concrete sidewalk will be completed after July 23, 2016.
  • Construction began on the south side of Kensington Road N.W. between 14 Street N.W. and 13 Street N.W. with saw-cutting on July 15, 2016. The sidewalk will be left intact for the weekend of July 16 & 17, 2016, and the sidewalk construction will begin on July 18, 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.

eServices - Kensington Improvement Project 

Project construction schedule

 Updated July 14, 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., July 13* ​Kensington Road N.W. between 10A Street N.W. and lane west of 10 Street N.W. (north side) – Completed
​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 – Sun., June 26 ​Kensington Road N.W. between 11A Street N.W. and 12 Street N.W.  (north side) – Completed
​Mon., June 20 – Wed., July 20 ​Kensington Road N.W. between 12 Street N.W. and 14 Street N.W. (north side) – In Progress
Mon., July 18 – Wed., Aug. 3* ​Kensington Road NW between 14 Street NW and 13 Street NW (south side) – In Progress
​Wed., July 20 ​13 Street N.W. will be closed on the south side of Kensington Road N.W. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20 due to streetlight installation.
​Sat., July 23– Sun., July 24 ​Closure of Kensington Road N.W. between 11A Street N.W. and 12 Street N.W. – underground construction
​Mon., July 25 – Fri., Jul. 29* ​North west corner of 11A Street N.W. and Kensington Road N.W.
​Mon., July 25 – Fri., Jul. 29* ​North west corner of 12 Street N.W. and Kensington Road N.W.
​Sat., July 30 – Sun., July 31 ​Kensington BRZ programming – No construction
​Mon., July 25 – Wed., Aug. 10* ​Kensington Road N.W. between 13 Street N.W. and 12 Street N.W. (south side)
​Tues., Aug. 2 – Thurs., Aug. 18* ​Kensington Road NW 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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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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