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Northmount Drive N.W. Improvement Project

What's New

Detailed design is currently being completed on Phase 1. The City will post final plans online when they are available and will communicate with stakeholders before and during construction which will begin this summer.

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Project Update

Through engagement with the community and stakeholders, The City has updated the design for Northmount Drive N.W. to better reflect the concerns that were heard about the corridor. With increased scope and costs for the updated design, The City will phase construction on Northmount Drive N.W., starting this summer with Phase 1 at the 14 Street N.W. intersection.

Phase 1, from Cambrian Drive N.W. to Carol Drive N.W., will consist of safety and operational improvements at the intersection. This will include adding a transit queue jump and bus bay, a lengthened left-turn lane from westbound Northmount Drive N.W. to southbound 14 Street N.W. and a bicycle connection through the busy intersection.
The intersection will also be re-paved to improve the surface quality of the roadway.
There will be no impacts to parking from Cambrian Drive to Carol Drive N.W.
Construction is being coordinated with other City departments (Calgary Transit and Roads) to save costs and minimize impact to the community. The remainder of the corridor will be constructed as funding becomes available.

Project overview

The City of Calgary is working to accommodate growth and make our city more liveable city by providing transportation choices. Walkable and bikeable neighbourhoods contribute to creating vibrant, healthy communities.

Northmount Drive N.W. is scheduled for re-paving in 2017, which presents an opportunity to cost-effectively improve the current road design so it functions better for people who walk, bike, drive and take transit. The project will consider ways to improve traffic flow and pedestrian crossings, as well as accommodate bicycle lanes, which were recommended on Northmount Drive N.W. in the 2001 Pathway and Bikeway Implementation Plan and in the 2014 Complete Streets Guide.

Study area

Map showing key destinations along Northmount Drive N.W. and a gap in the bicycle network.
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Why are we doing this project?

This project will improve safety and mobility for all users on Northmount Drive N.W.:

People walking

  • Improve pedestrian crossings and school pick-up and drop-off zones
  • Identify new pedestrian crossings
  • Improve safety by reducing speeding

People driving

  • Improve and/or manage congestion
  • Reduce speeding and collisions
  • Make the road more predictable
  • Improve school bus zones

People biking

This project will take advantage of the planned road resurfacing on Northmount Drive N.W. and aligns with Council policies (Complete StreetsCycling Strategy and Pathway & Bikeways Implementation Plan (2001)).

Have other streets been considered?

The City analyzed Capri Avenue N.W. and John Laurie Boulevard N.W. as possible alternate routes. These streets were considered, but did not provide the same benefits as Northmount Drive N.W.

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Parking use

Parking is currently permitted on both sides of Northmount Drive N.W. for the majority of the study area except in front of schools. The City conducted parking studies in November 2014 (weekday study from 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and April 2016 (weekend study from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.) and found that most on-street parking is used less than 50 per cent of the time. Parking on several side streets is highly used (80 per cent or greater); however parking on the majority of side streets is under-used.

This data along with public input, helped to inform the proposed parking changes.

For information on residential parking permits and how to establish a new parking permit zone, please visit the Residential Parking Permit Program.

Map showing parking use based on parking studies conducted by The City of Calgary.

Public engagement & communications

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Stakeholder meeting #1

The first stakeholder meeting was held on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at the Triwood Community Association. Attendees represented adjacent residents, Community Associations, Bike Calgary, area schools and businesses.

Meeting attendees heard a presentation about why a bikeway is proposed in this area, the existing conditions for all road users (those who walk, bicycle, take transit and drive) and some of the challenges and opportunities for the proposed bikeway. Attendees formed smaller groups to discuss the study area and identify concerns and possible solutions with the project team.

After the meeting we heard:

  • Concerns about the proposed bikeway impacting parking and school pick-ups/drop-offs
  • A need for designated roadway space for people who bicycle to improve cyclist safety along the study area
  • Traffic congestion is a concern
  • The area sidewalks are in poor condition

Open house and online feedback

More than 250 people attended the open house on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at the Triwood Community Association. Feedback forms were available online from February 17 – 24, 2016.
In total, more than 600 feedback forms were submitted. The summary report can be seen here.

Community association meetings

The project team has met with the Triwood Community Association several times to discuss the project and attended the annual general meeting. The team has also attended Brentwood and Cambrian Heights Community Associations’ Board meetings to share information about the project.

Spring 2016 workshops

During the public engagement in February 2016, The City heard concerns from citizens about parking, congestion, pedestrian safety and school pick-up/drop-off zones. To better understand these concerns and ideas for possible solutions, The City held two resident workshops in May and one public workshop in June.

More than 30 people attended workshops for adjacent residents and businesses on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at the Triwood Community Association and May 28, 2016 at the Brentwood Sportsplex. More than 80 people attended the public workshop on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at the Brentwood Sportsplex.

View the summary report, comments collected on maps and verbatim comments.

Options evaluation workshop (fall 2016)

The project team used feedback from the spring 2016 workshops, along with technical analysis, to develop improvement options for Northmount Drive.

In total, 118 people attended the workshops on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 (5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. sessions) at the Triwood Community Association. Feedback forms were available online until November 7, 2016. More than 440 feedback forms were collected in total.

The input summary contains a full report of what we heard at the workshops.

Verbatim comments from feedback forms, online responses, maps and flip charts are also available here.

Next Steps

Detailed design is currently being completed on Phase 1 (Northmount Drive and 14 Street N.W. intersection). The City will post final plans online when they are available and will communicate with stakeholders before and during construction, which will begin this summer.

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