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61 Avenue S.W. Greenway Corridor

Construction update

Due to cold weather conditions and the heating requirements for concrete work, the partial lane reduction on 61 Avenue S.W. from 1A Street to Macleod Trail S.W. will remain in effect until December 9 at 6 PM. This is to allow construction crews to pour cement for curbs and medians along the corridor. Pedestrian access will be maintained and construction flag crews will be on site to direct movement. Driveways along 61 Avenue S.W. accessing businesses will remain open to incoming traffic.

Weather permitting, construction is on track to finish for the first week of December 2016. This means 61 Avenue S.W. will be fully open to traffic and open to pedestrians. Pedestrian detours for the 61 Avenue S.W. Pedestrian Bridge project will be implemented in the coming weeks; signs will be put in place in the area. Be sure to check the project page or 311 for details. Landscaping, final paving, installation of crosswalks and some sidewalk work on the 61 Avenue S.W. Greenway Corridor is planned for Spring 2017.

Project update

The project team has completed final designs on the 61 Avenue S.W. Greenway Corridor redevelopment project. The scope of the project has changed, corridor improvements will only take place on 61 Avenue S.W. from Macleod Trail to the LRT tracks. There will be no construction on 61 Avenue S.W. from the LRT tacks to Centre Street.

61 Ave SW Greenway Corridor Design Concept

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 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 Chinook Centre. The pedestrian overpass is not part of this corridor project, and information regarding the pedestrian overpass will become available in due course.

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.

This node will act as a centre for accessible shopping (including Chinook Centre and the shops along 61 Avenue S.W.), employment and residential opportunities, as well as a transit hub to many other parts of the city by LRT and bus.

Urban Systems Ltd. and Gehl Architecture have been retained by The City of Calgary to complete preliminary design for the corridor. 

Project scope

The project will be designed to make the corridor a safe, appealing, attractive and complete urban corridor. Potential improvements may include: 

  • New, wider multi-use pathways
  • Landscaping
  • Improved lighting
  • Street furniture
  • Transit plaza enhancements

Project timeline

  • Conceptual/preliminary design - Completed Spring 2015
  • Public Open House – April 26, 2015
  • Detailed design - Completed Fall 2015
  • Information Sessions - April 30, May 3 & 5, 2016
  • Construction - Anticipated for May 2016
  • Substantial Completion - Fall 2016
  • Landscaping, paving - Spring 2017

Project budget

The approved council budget for the project is $9 million from the Investing in Mobility budget.

Project benefits

  • Create an enjoyable, safe and more appealing space in a high volume pedestrian area
  • Improve safety for multiple modes of travel.
  • 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.

Project challenges

  • Existing Transit hub (Chinook Station) and CP Rail crossing
  • Frequent transit routes along 61 Avenue S.W.
  • High existing traffic volumes
  • Limited existing City right-of-way

Project engagement

Stakeholder communication and engagement is an important component of the 61 Avenue S.W. Greenway Corridor project planning process. We will listen to stakeholders and learn about their plans, views, issues, concerns and expectations and ideas.

  • Gehl Architecture conducted a preliminary visioning exercise in January, 2015. Positioned around Chinook Centre and Chinook LRT Station during peak shopping and pedestrian hours, Gehl asked passersby to identify the qualities that would make 61 Avenue S.W. more enjoyable, appealing and safe. This, combined with the 2008 Chinook Station Area Plan, informed the initial architectural response.
  • Members of the public were invited to a public open house on April 29, 2015, and invited to complete an online survey, to provide their input on the preliminary design for the redevelopment. See the results of the public consultation.
  • The project team held three information sessions in May 2016 at Chinook Centre to update the public on final designs and timelines.

Construction Impacts

During construction there will be some impacts to pedestrian sidewalks and detours set up for lane closures. Area stakeholders and businesses will notified in advance of these potential impacts.

Information

Transportation Infrastructure is committed to keeping citizens informed about this project, and details will be updated on this site on an ongoing basis.

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