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Crowchild Trail Upgrades

We're fixing the Crowchild Trail bridge over the Bow River and upgrading the way people travel in the area.

Project Update – November 21, 2017

Over the next few weeks:

You’ll continue seeing work taking place inside and along the Crowchild Trail median. You’ll also notice pier work being done on the south side of the river, and people who walk and cycle along Bow Trail may notice work being done on the piers, as well as on the underside of the bridge.

Important dates:

  • Nov. 6 - Spring 2018: Bow River / Crowchild Trail Pedestrian Underpass closure
  • Nov. 19: Stamps game - We ensured no lane closures on this Sunday until 9 p.m.
  • Nov. 20: Southbound Crowchild Trail to eastbound Bow Trail merge is being shortened (crews working on the Northbound Crowchild Trail bridge over Bow Trail).


  • Reduced speed limit is in effect, please slow down!
  • 50 km/hr between Bow Trail and Memorial Drive
  • 50 km/hr on eastbound Bow Trail under Crowchild Trail

Lane closures are in effect between Bow Trail and Memorial Drive:

  • One lane closure in each direction (Weekends: Beginning Fridays at 9 p.m., ending Mondays at 5 a.m.)
  • One to two lane closures in each direction (Weekdays: 9 p.m. - 5 a.m.)

View current traffic conditions

Here's what the short-term upgrades mean for Crowchild Trail, as approved in the Crowchild Trail Study.

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Project timeline

Fall 2017 to Fall 2019

Project budget

$87 million

Managing the construction zone:

While the next two years of construction will leave us with a better Crowchild Trail and the area around it, it will be disruptive. Here's what to expect, whether you travel through or live in the area:

  • Reduced speed limit to 50km/hr between Bow Trail and Memorial Drive, for the safety of citizens and crews.
  • Narrowed traffic lanes to make space for crews.
  • No lane closures during weekday peak hours (Monday to Friday between 5 a.m. – 9 p.m.)
  • One to two lane closures in each direction during weekday off-peak hours (Monday to Friday between 9 p.m. – 5 a.m.)
  • One lane closure in each direction on weekends (beginning Fridays at 9 p.m. and ending Mondays at 5 a.m.)
  • Nighttime construction work between the hours of 9 p.m. – 5 a.m.
  • The building of road and pathway detours where required, to ensure people can still access their destinations.
  • The removal of trees where necessary, replanting, and landscape replenishments as part of this project.
  • The building of noise walls in select locations (community engagement will occur prior to construction to review details including appearance and height).
  • Our commitment to keeping business accesses open throughout construction.

Other north-south and east-west route alternatives in the area

  • West of Crowchild Trail: Shaganappi Trail and Sarcee Trail
  • East of Crowchild Trail: 14 Street N.W.
  • North of the Bow River: Memorial Drive/Parkdale Boulevard, 16 Avenue N.W.
  • South of the Bow River: Bow Trail, 17 Avenue S.W., Glenmore Trail

Heading out?

View up-to-the-minute traffic monitoring camera images for the latest traffic conditions along Crowchild Trail:

Crowchild Tr. N.W. / Nosehill Dr. N.W.

Crowchild Tr. N.W. / Shaganappi Tr. N.W.

24 Ave. N.W. / Crowchild Tr. N.W.

Kensington Rd. N.W. / Crowchild Tr. N.W.

Bow Tr. S.W. / Crowchild Tr. S.W.

Crowchild Tr. S.W./ Sarcee Tr. S.W.

Glenmore Tr. S.W. / Crowchild Tr. S.W.

Tree impacts

While we make every effort to avoid impacts to trees, some trees will need to be removed as part of this project.

Because these trees are found in manicured areas (not natural areas), we have developed a tree compensation plan in which we will not only replant every tree lost, but also, over time double the amount of mature trees in this area.

Tree removals will begin the week of November 6, and replacement trees will be planted in the most suitable locations possible.


Join us in-person at our upcoming information session:

What? Crowchild Trail Upgrades Project Information Session

When? Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
(Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Where? Hillhurst-Sunnyside Community Association
South Social Hall
1320 5 Avenue N.W.
Calgary, Alberta T2H 0S2

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Crowchild Trail – Construction kick-off