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Westbrook Pedestrian Overpass

Project Update – Spring 2018

The Westbrook Pedestrian Bridge design is currently in the peer review stage. It is expected that after this is completed, the project will go out for tender in June.

Before work begins, four trees on the east side of Bow Trail will be removed in order to make room for the bridge. Ten new trees have been incorporated into the design of the approaches to the new bridge to replace and expand on the trees that needed to be removed.

Construction of the pedestrian bridge is anticipated to begin later this summer; this timeline is subject to change based on the construction schedule and any site conditions which may impact it.

Project background

The area surrounding Westbrook Mall has been identified in the Municipal Development Plan (MDP) and the Westbrook Village Area Redevelopment Plan as a Major Activity Centre, an ideal candidate for redevelopment through Investing in Mobility. With the addition of the Westbrook LRT Station, the area has seen an increased volume in pedestrians, making it an increasingly busy corridor. Infrastructure improvements in the area like the Westbrook Pedestrian Overpass will encourage future development as the population surrounding the LRT Station increases. Accessible shopping, employment and residential opportunities in this transit hub are positive outcomes from Transit Oriented Development (TOD) projects such as this.  

The existing overpass between 33 and 37 Street S.W. crossing Bow Trail is nearly 50 years old. Along with being due for replacement, it was built at a time when accessibility standards were much less than they are today. It has been determined that the most economic solution to address the condition of the structure and its current level of accessibility is to replace it with a new overpass.

Project design

Westbrook bridge site plan
Westbrook Pedestrian Bridge Site Plan

Project objectives

The new pedestrian overpass will bring multiple benefits to the Westbrook area including:
  • A more accessible structure with a wider bridge deck and ramps that are not as steep
  • Improved safety with the addition of better lighting and by redirecting pedestrians from street level crossing of Bow Trail
  • Provide a desirable connection for pedestrians to access destinations on either side of Bow Trail
  • Support employment and residential development in the Westbrook area
  • Reduce long-term infrastructure and operating costs by supporting redevelopment, slowing the outward expansion known as “urban sprawl” of the city as outlined in the Investing in Mobility plan and Transit Oriented Development policy

Timeline

Preliminary Design – Spring 2017
Detailed Design - Fall 2017
Construction Start– 2018

Communication

The City of Calgary remains committed to keeping stakeholders and area users informed and updated on the project. The project page will be regularly updated with information on the project, public information sessions and any other project related information. 311 is an additional resource for Calgarians to contact with questions about the project.

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