The City of Calgary has officially reopened 52 Street S.E. with a new six-lane roadway and bridge structures over the Canadian Pacific Railway tracks and Western Headwork Canal.
On the morning of September 29, 2012, more than 60 people attended an event to celebrate the reopening of roadway, and by the afternoon, it was open to motorists.
52 Street S.E. was closed between 94 Avenue and 106 Avenue in August 2011 to allow crews to construct the new bridges and widen the roadway from two to six lanes.
The last phase of the project not only saw the building of the new bridges and roadway widening, but also included the installation of a new storm sewer system, deep utilities relocation as well as relocation of pipelines, communication lines and electrical distribution and transmission lines.
The new improved 52 Street S.E. has reopened to traffic.
This project was divided into three phases:
- Phase 1: Widening of 52 Street from Glenmore Trail to 90 Avenue S.E. - Completed
- Phase 2: Widening of 52 Street from 114 Avenue to 130 Avenue S.E. - Completed
- Phase 3: Widening of 52 Street from 90 Avenue to 106 Avenue S.E. - Completed
* 52 Street between 106 Avenue S.E. and 114 Avenue S.E. was widened to six lanes at an earlier time.
The overall budget for the project is $110.2 million and includes upgrading and enhancing the road and intersection systems (including more than 22 lane/kilometres of new roads), creating a new supporting road network, upgrading storm systems, pipeline relocation, land acquisitions, enhanced street lights and traffic signals, and development of a regional pathway system.
All the construction for this project must be completed by March 31, 2013 in order to comply with federal government funding guidelines stipulated in the Gateways and Border Crossings Fund Contribution Agreement between the Government of Canada and The City of Calgary for the 52nd Street Expansion Project.
This project includes a Regional Pathway for cyclists on the west side of 52 Street between Glenmore Trail and 130 Avenue S.E. This pathway will connect with the Regional Pathway that runs east/west along the Western Headworks Canal underneath the new 52 Street bridge structures.
The north/south pathway is now complete and cyclists can use the entire Regional Pathway on the west side of 52 Street between Glenmore Trail and 130 Avenue S.E.
The east/west Regional Pathway along the Western Headworks Canal underneath the new 52 Street bridge remains closed as crews finalize work near the retaining wall. The goal is to have this pathway in operation in 2013.
A pedestrian sidewalk was also included on the east side of 52 Street between Glenmore Trail and 114 Avenue S.E. and is now open for public use.
Transportation Infrastructure is committed to keeping citizens informed about this project, and details will be updated on this site on an ongoing basis. For more information, please fill out the online form or call 311.