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61 Avenue S.W. Pedestrian Bridge

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Construction Update

Construction for the 61 Avenue S.W. Pedestrian Bridge has started. Calgarians can expect to see work happening on the west side of Macleod Trail as crews set up temporary construction fencing and begin foundation work for the new bridge. There are no planned traffic detours over the next few months for cars using Macleod Trail but there will be some pedestrian detours in place. As the project progresses, there may be temporary traffic detours put in place; updates will be available on this page, via 311 and The City will notify adjacent businesses. Please be sure to follow the pedestrian detours as they are in place to keep everyone safe.

Additionally, motorists can expect some delays due to increased activity related to construction and site vehicles turning on/off site. Construction is planned to continue throughout next year and be complete by late 2017. Below is a pedestrian detour map. Signs will be put in place around 61 Avenue S.W. from the Chinook LRT Station to CF Chinook Mall indicating the pedestrian detours in place. A map will also be on the signs to assist pedestrians in finding their way.

Construction on the 61 Avenue S.W. Greenway Corridor finished for 2016 in December. Finishing work on the corridor will begin in May 2017 and includes landscaping, final paving, installation of crosswalks, sidewalk work and some utilities work. Be sure to check back here on the project page for updates in the spring, or contact 311.*

*Construction timelines can change based on site and other conditions.

61 Avenue S.W. Pedestrian Detour Map
61 Avenue S.W. Pedestrian Bridge FAQ

Project Objectives/Benefits

The pedestrian overpass will:

  • Create a safe, accessible and convenient pedestrian crossing over Macleod Trail.
  • Decrease traffic congestion on Macleod Trail at 61 Avenue S.W.
  • Support employment and residential redevelopment of the Chinook Major Activity Center, as defined in the Municipal Development Plan.
  • Reduce long-term infrastructure and operating costs by supporting redevelopment and slowing the outward expansion of Calgary, as outlined in the Investing in Mobility plan.
Design Concept for 61 Avenue S.W. Pedestrian Bridge.

Project timeline

Preliminary Design – Completed fall 2015
Detailed Design – summer 2016
Construction – September 2016
Completion – late 2017

Project Budget

The City is partnering with Cadillac Fairview Corp Ltd. (owners of CF Chinook Centre) to fund this $13 million project. The City and Cadillac Fairview are contributing $6.5 million each, which will cover the design and construction costs of the public pedestrian bridge. Cadillac Fairview is wholly responsible for the private bridge extension.

Project Background

The 2008 Chinook Station Area Plan (SAP) aims to create an attractive, walkable and complete urban corridor, with a stronger connection between Chinook LRT Station and CF Chinook Centre, opportunities for economic development, and balanced mobility choices with enhanced opportunities for travel by foot, bicycle and transit. The SAP proposes a pedestrian overpass bridging the 61 Avenue S.W. corridor and CF Chinook Centre.

The SAP identified 61 Avenue S.W. as a Major Activity Centre in the new Municipal Development Plan (MDP). 61 Avenue S.W. between Centre Street and Macleod Trail is considered one of the busiest pedestrian corridors outside of the downtown core and currently supports pedestrian traffic beyond its designed capabilities.

The Chinook Station area has been identified as a location for redevelopment through Investing in Mobility: Transportation Infrastructure Investment Plan (TIIP). A pedestrian overpass crossing Macleod Trail at 61 Avenue S.W. is listed in the TIIP.

Project Communication

Stakeholder communication is an important component of the Chinook pedestrian overpass project. We will inform stakeholders and area users of project plans. This website will be updated regularly with project plans and notice of construction.

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