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Northmount Drive N.W. Improvement Project

What's New

Phase 1 construction is underway and expected to be complete by October 2017.

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Phase 1 construction

Carol Drive N.W. to Cambrian Drive N.W.

This summer, Northmount Drive N.W. is being re-paved between Cambrian Drive N.W. to Carol Drive N.W. At the same time, several safety and operational improvements are being implemented including:

  • A transit queue jump
  • A new bus bay
  • A lengthened left-turn lane from westbound Northmount Drive N.W. to southbound 14 Street N.W.
  • Accessibility improvements for pedestrians at 14 Street N.W.
  • Pedestrian improvements at both Carol Drive N.W. and Cambrian Drive N.W.
  • A bicycle connection through the intersection
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Rendering showing Northmount Drive N.W. improvements at Cambrian Drive N.W., looking west toward 14 Street N.W. (Click for larger image)

Construction is underway and expected to be complete in fall 2017.

Adjacent businesses and residents will be notified prior to construction if access will be temporarily impacted. The City will make every effort to minimize disruptions during construction.

Construction is weather dependent and timelines may change.

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Curb extensions

Phase 1 also includes the addition of 10 low-cost curb extensions along the corridor to improve pedestrian safety by:

  • Reducing crossing distances
  • Improving visibility by defining the space between parked cars and intersection crossings
  • Providing a safe space to wait before crossing the street
  • Narrowing the street, which reduces vehicle speeds and increases visibility of people biking and walking

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The curb extensions will be built off-site and moved in place by a truck-mounted crane. This work is expected to take place during off-peak hours and there will be minimal impacts during this time.

The City is communicating with landowners and residents where parking will be shifted due to the curb extensions.

The curb extensions will be poured with concrete in Phase 2 when funding becomes available.

Phase 2 - complete street improvements for all modes from Northland Drive N.W. to 14 Street N.W.

Throughout the public engagement process, The City learned that issues of congestion, speeding, pedestrian and school-site safety were long-standing concerns along the corridor. The project team worked with the community and stakeholders to develop a design to better address those concerns by:

  • Maintaining current vehicle flow while increasing turn capacity
  • Retaining as much parking along the corridor as possible (approximately two-thirds)
  • Enhancing pedestrian crossings with curb extensions
  • Narrowing travel lanes to reduce speeding
  • Creating dedicated spaces for people cycling and buses

Due to the increased scope and costs to implement the responsive design, the street improvements will be contructed in phases. Phase 1 will be completed in 2017 and includes improvements around the 14 Street N.W. intersection and curb extensions. Phase 2 construction will be implemented when funding becomes available and includes:

  • Bicycle lanes along Northmount Drive N.W. to improve safety for people biking
  • Intersection improvements at Northland Drive N.W., Brisebois Drive N.W., Charleswood Drive N.W. and 19 Street N.W.
  • School-site improvements at Captain John Palliser School, Saint Francis School and Brentwood School
  • Low-cost curb extensions (phase 1) will be removed and replaced with poured-in-place concrete curb extensions
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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 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.) and found that the peak parking demand did not exceed 50 per cent of the total available parking supply. Parking on several side streets is highly used (80 per cent or greater); however, overall parking on the majority of side streets is under-used.

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

Project overview

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

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
  • 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

People taking transit

  • Improve reliability of Calgary Transit

This project aligns with Council-approved policies: Municipal Development Plan, Calgary Transportation Plan, Complete Streets, Cycling Strategy, 2020 Sustainability Direction and Pathway & Bikeways Implementation Plan (2001)).

Were other streets considered?

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

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Public engagement & communications

In 2015 and 2016, The City worked with people who live, work and travel on Northmount Drive N.W. to develop a Complete Street improvement plan for the corridor to safely accommodate all travel modes. Throughout the year-long engagement process, over 500 people attended the engagement events and over 1,000 in-person and online feedback forms were collected.

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Public engagement documents

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.

Public information session

The City held a public information session on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 to provide project update, including information on project phasing, updated Phase 1 designs, construction timelines and project alignment with 14 Street N.W. surface overlay.

Please view the information boards.

Next Steps

The City will provide updates throughout Phase 1 construction and will communicate with stakeholders when funding becomes available to implement the Phase 2 complete street improvements (final plans).

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