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McKnight Boulevard N.E. widening project

Project update – Dec. 12, 2016

This project is now complete as McKnight Blvd. N.E. between 12 Street and 19 Street has been widened from four to six lanes.

The new pathway on the south side is also open.

The City of Calgary would like to thank everyone impacted by the construction for their patience during the construction process.

Project background

  • McKnight Boulevard N.E. was recommended for an upgrade in The City’s Investing in Mobility Plan, which included widening the road from four to six lanes and reconstructing the existing road bed.
  • Widening McKnight Boulevard N.E. from four to six lanes from 12 Street N.E. to 19 Street N.E., increases capacity by 50 per cent, plus it provides six traffic lanes from Deerfoot Trail to Metis Trail.
  • McKnight Boulevard N.E. carries some of the highest commercial truck volumes in Calgary. The roadway had deteriorated over time and traffic volumes have increased considerably since the road was originally built.
  • This project was coordinated with the McKnight Boulevard N.E. Transportation Study to ensure the road design meets the current and future needs of this important transportation corridor.

About the project

  • McKnight Boulevard N.E. was widened in the median from four to six lanes between 12 and 19 Streets N.E. and the existing road bed was reconstructed.
  • A pathway was added on the south side.
  • There were intersection improvements at 12 and 19 Streets N.E.
  • 15 Street N.E. was changed to right-in/right-out access only for westbound traffic and the left turn for eastbound traffic has been removed.
  • There is new street lighting and utilities were upgraded and re-located where needed.


  • During the summer and fall of 2015, two new lanes were added in the median between 12 and 19 Streets N.E.
  • During the 2016 construction season, crews first reconstructed the south side of McKnight Boulevard and then the north side.
  • Project completed – fall 2016.


$17 million


The City of Calgary has communicated with the public and impacted businesses about the project on an ongoing basis.

Approximately 75 people attended an information session on May 6, 2015 about the widening and reconstruction. As a result of discussions at the event with bicycle riders, it was decided that the pathway along the south side would be extended to past 12 Street N.E. and would join up with a cul-de-sac at 48 Avenue N.E.

Please fill out the online form if you have questions or require more information.