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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 – July 2017

Construction Update

Construction for phase two of the 17 Avenue S.E. Bus Rapid Transit is well underway, and starting the week of July 3, 2017 The City will need to shift to 24 hour operations so we can stay on schedule to complete the second phase of the project by the end of 2018. Over the next three to four months crews will be working six days a week on the east and west side of Deerfoot Trail to prepare these areas for the construction of bridges.

Work will involve excavation and moving of dirt to prepare for the bridges, as well as trucking in materials to build the embankments between the canal and Deerfoot Trail, and between Deerfoot Trail and the Bow River.

This work will mean increased truck traffic in the work areas, but truck traffic will not be travelling through residential areas. The contractor will take steps to minimize noise (e.g. tail gates closing) however residents near the work area should expect an increase in noise.

Pathway detours

To ensure pedestrian and cyclist safety during construction there are three patway detours residents should be aware of along the Western Irrigation District Canal pathway and the Bow River pathway close to the Cushing Bridge.

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Project Overview

The City is moving forward with construction of the 17 Avenue S.E. BRT between 9 Avenue S.E. and 28 Street S.E. The City will:

  • Build dedicated bus lanes between 9 Avenue S.E. to 28 Street S.E.
  • 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.

The City held a number of information sessions with Calgarians to share the design for the BRT. If you didn’t get a chance to make it out to see the revised design for the BRT, have a look at:

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.

What will the BRT look like?

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Phase 2 map

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Phase 2 project timeline

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Phase 2 engagement

Back in January we were out in the community to get feedback on the design, and that feedback has helped get us further along with the design for phase two. Have a look at the What We Heard Report for the feedback we received.

We also held an information session in May to show residents the changes to the design:


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