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Anderson Pedestrian Overpass

Project update - October 2016

Construction on the Anderson Pedestrian Overpass is wrapping up now that it’s mid-October. Join us at the opening event at the end of October to celebrate the opening of this new community connection between Cedarbrae and Woodbine.

WHEN:  Saturday, October 29, 2016
9 to 10 a.m.
WHERE: Starting on Cedardale Cres S.W.
Speeches will be on Woodbrook Way S.W.

This is a dog-friendly event so bring the whole family! Light refreshments will be provided.

There will be NO access to the overpass from Anderson Road S.W.
See you on October 29!

Remaining work on the site includes pathway work, retaining walls and finally, landscaping. Calgarians can expect to see construction crews working in the area on site restoration and landscaping into late fall/early winter of this year.

Project background

A pedestrian bridge crossing Anderson Road S.W. near 37 Street S.W. and an accompanying pathway detour are planned for construction and completion in 2016. Located just east of the anticipated South West Ring Road (SWRR), the pedestrian overpass will link the communities of Woodbine and Cedarbrae.

The pedestrian bridge will also serve as an essential north-south pathway connection. The existing regional pathway along 37 Street S.W. is heavily used by pedestrians and cyclists, who currently cross Anderson Road at 37 Street S.W. When construction begins on the South West Ring Road project, pathway users will no longer have access to that intersection. The new pedestrian bridge will replace the existing at-grade crossing and will connect the pathways on either side of Anderson Road.

The pathways that currently lead pedestrians and cyclists to the existing crossing will be detoured through the community temporarily until the SWRR project is complete. New, permanent pathways will be installed as part of the SWRR project. To learn more about the regional pathways and the Rotary/Mattamy Greenway project, visit

Project scope


The project includes a pathway detour on the North and South sides of Anderson Road S.W. and a pedestrian bridge crossing Anderson Road S.W. near 37 Street S.W.

There will be two phases of pathway detours.

  • In Phase 1, pathway users will be able to cross at the existing intersection at Anderson Road and 37 Street S.W. but will not be able to use the grass pathway on either side of Anderson Road due to construction. The detour will allow pathway users to move east from 37 Street S.W. during construction. Please note that this detour was revised in June, 2015.

See a map of the detour during construction

  • In Phase 2, pathway users will not be able to cross at the existing intersection at Anderson Road and 37 Street S.W. and will instead use the new pedestrian bridge to cross Anderson Road. The detour will allow pathway users to cross Anderson Road and reconnect with the pathway on the other side.

See a map of the detour after construction

Project timeline

  • Open House – Completed
  • Detailed Design – Completed
  • Bridge Construction – Ongoing until October 2016
  • Pathway Detour Implementation - 2016
  • Opening – October 2016

Project benefits

The pedestrian bridge and pathway detour are designed to:

  • Enhance pathway user experience and safety
  • Maintain pathway connectivity throughout construction and after completion of the SWRR
  • Provide a direct link for pedestrians and cyclists between the communities of Woodbine and Cedarbrae

Project challenges

  • Anderson Road S.W. is a utility corridor
  • Schedule is the largest challenge as the pedestrian overpass must be built before the interchange project at Anderson Road and 37 Street S.W. starts

Project communication and engagement

Stakeholder communication is an important component of the Anderson pedestrian bridge project. We will ensure stakeholders and the community are kept informed of project updates and construction implications.

Members of the public were invited to drop in to an open house about the Anderson pedestrian bridge project on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at the Woodcreek Community Association.

Open house attendees were asked to indicate their preferred colour for the arch of the bridge. Similarly, an online survey asked the public for their colour preference. The results are in: the new Anderson pedestrian overpass arch will be Churchill blue!

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