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17 Ave. S.E. BRT - Phase 2: 28 Street S.E. to 9 Avenue S.E.

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Project Update - March 2017

The City will be starting work on the bridge structures for the 17 Avenue SE BRT in early April. Because we have a limited amount of time when construction can happen in the Bow River, the first pieces of work that residents will see is the construction of a berm on the east side of the Bow River so the bridge structures can be built.

There will be some tree removals on the east and west of the Bow River to build the bridges. Trees that are removed as a part of construction will be replaced with either newly planted trees or landscaping in the project area.

In mid-April, crews will start construction on the haul road on the east side of the Bow River. This will be a temporary construction road to move materials in and out of the area while we build the bridges.

The City held two open houses in January, and we’re working on the detailed design based on some of the feedback received. We will be back in the community this spring to share the designs with residents, so sign up for the mailing list to stay up to date on the project.

Project Overview

On September 1, 2016 the Government of Canada and the Province of Alberta announced a bilateral agreement that will make more than $1.08 billion in funding available. Through the Government of Canada’s Public Transit Infrastructure Fund, The City of Calgary has secured funding for Phase 2 of the 17 Avenue S.E. BRT line.

As a result, The City is moving forward with the design of the 17 Avenue S.E. BRT between 9 Avenue S.E. and 28 Street S.E. The City will:

  • Design and construct dedicated bus lanes between 9 Avenue S.E. to 28 Street S.E
  • Design and construct bridge structures across the Bow River, Western Headworks Canal and Deerfoot Trail.
  • Build new BRT stations with canopies, heated areas and real-time travel information.
  • At-grade road crossings at 19 Street S.E. and 26 Street S.E. on the south side of 17 Avenue S.E., and a modified intersection at 28 Street S.E. to move busses from the median lane to the south side of 17 Avenue and onto the separated roadway that will be constructed as part of phase 2.
  • Create pedestrian and cyclist connections, with a multi-use pathway running parallel to the BRT lanes, including connections to pathways at the Western Headwaters Canal and the Bow River.

Phase 2 will provide Calgarians with more access to efficient and reliable transit. Specifically, this phase expands the 17 Avenue S.E. BRT closer to downtown, while adding to Calgary’s overall transit network. A study and preliminary design for a future phase of the project, along 17 Avenue S.E. from Hubalta Road to 70 Street S.E. is now complete.

Phase 2 map

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Phase 2 project timeline

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Phase 2 engagement

The City held two open houses in January to share the proposed design for phase two of the 17 Avenue S.E. BRT. We’re working on the design and will be back in the community this spring to share the final design with residents.


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