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Kensington improvements project

Project update

Updated May 18, 2016

  • Various lane closures on 10 Street N.W. between 3 Avenue and 4 Avenue N.W. due to utility work.
  • Construction has finished on the east side of 10 Street N.W. between 2 Avenue N.W. & Memorial Drive N.W. and the new sidewalk was re-opened to pedestrian traffic as of April 29, 2016, three days ahead of schedule. Construction went as planned.
  • The installation of street furniture is scheduled for mid-May 2016 on the east side of 10 Street N.W. from Memorial Drive N.W. north to 3 Avenue N.W.
  • Construction on the north side of Kensington Road N.W. between 10A Street N.W. and 11 Street N.W. started on May 2, 2016 and is anticipated to be completed by May 16, 2016 (weather permitting).
  • Construction began on the west side of 10 Street N.W. between 2 Avenue N.W. & 3 Avenue N.W. on Friday, May 6 with saw-cutting of the existing sidewalk. To allow for minimal impact to businesses over the Mothers Day weekend, the sidewalk remained open for the weekend, and on May 9 the removal of the sidewalk began. The construction on this block is anticipated to be completed by May 23, 2016 (weather permitting). UPDATE – Due to the rain event on May 12, the tree trenching and street light trenching has been delayed 1-2 days for this block – the contractor still anticipates the construction to be completed on this block for May 23 (weather permitting).
  • Construction on the west side of 10 Street N.W. between 3 Avenue N.W. & Gladstone Road N.W. will begin with saw-cutting May 13. The sidewalk will remain open over the weekend (May 13-15), and the removal of the sidewalk and the lane closures (including new pedestrian accommodation) will commence May 16. Construction is scheduled to last approximately 2 weeks with construction on this block completed by May 30 (weather permitting).

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

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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


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.


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.


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


  • 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

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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