Centre Street Reconstruction and Transit Priority – Phase 1
Construction on the Centre Street Reconstruction and Transit Priority project began in July 2012 between 42 Avenue and 54 Avenue. As of Nov. 19, 2012, road construction ended for the season and four lanes of traffic are open for motorists. Please note that, as planned, there are several items remaining to be completed in the spring/summer of 2013 as outlined in the following information notice and below.
Centre Street N between McKnight Boulevard and Thorncrest Road
- Crews were unable to complete the east section of Centre Street N between McKnight Boulevard and Thorncrest Road, because of weather conditions in late fall 2012.
- In order to complete this section, crews will close the two east lanes, plus the bus-only lane, between McKnight Boulevard and Thorncrest Road, starting April 22.
- Two lanes of traffic will remain open, one lane in each direction.
- Construction is expected to take six to eight weeks.
McKnight Boulevard between 2 Street N.W. and 4 Street N.E.
- Wed., May 8, 2013 through to Fri., May 10, 2013, between the hours of 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. night lane closures in effect.
- One half of McKnight Boulevard will be closed limiting traffic to a single lane in each direction. The work will shift on different nights form eastbound to westbound lanes.
- Centre Street North is a critical transit corridor that serves about 150,000 residents in the growing communities of north-central Calgary.
- Approximately 20,000 vehicles per day use Centre Street. Calgary Transit operates approximately 90 buses per hour on nine routes (including one BRT route) from north-central Calgary to the downtown core.
- These services carry over 3,000 transit passengers per hour during peak periods and about 35,000 passengers per day.
- Centre Street was identified under the Major Roads Reconstruction Program* as a major roadway needing replacement due to heavy use and its age.
- In order to improve transit movement through this area, Calgary Transit had also identified the need to create Transit priority lanes in this area to improve Transit movement. As a result, at the same time the road was reconstructed, Transit priority lanes were added to allow buses to bypass the traffic queue that forms at McKnight Boulevard during peak travel times.
- Starting in July, the road bed from 42 Avenue N.W. to 54 Avenue N.W. was reconstructed and Transit priority lanes were added to improve transit movement.
- Northbound, the new transit lane begins at 43 Avenue and ends near Thorncrest Road.
- Southbound, the new lane begins near 54 Avenue and ends south of McKnight Boulevard.
- Bicycle riders may also use these lanes.
- Construction cost is approximately $6.5M.
- The Calgary Transit portion is partially funded by the Build Canada Fund.
- Transit Priority lanes will eliminate the current three-light wait during the afternoon peak at McKnight Boulevard northbound.
- Transit service reliability will be increased at all times of the day.
- Traffic will benefit generally as buses and right turning vehicles are removed from the through lanes.
This web page will be updated with the most up-to-date project information. If you have questions or concerns, please fill out the online form or call 311.