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144 Avenue N.W. Functional Planning Study

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Project update - Winter 2019

Phase 2: Explore. We are now in the design concepts development phase. Thank you for providing your input during the Discover phase. We invite you to find out more about the project.​

Engagement​​​​

 

Project overview

The City of Calgary is undertaking a functional planning study for 144 Avenue N.W. This study will look at the general design and location of 144 Avenue N.W. between Symons Valley Road N.W. and Panorama Road N.W., including the West Nose Creek crossing and the realignment of Symons Valley Road onto Mountain View Road (see study area map below). Existing growth in Symons Valley and planned growth in the Glacier Ridge Area Structure Plan area drives the need for infrastructure improvements to the area transportation network including providing support for important active travel modes and transit connections.

The functional planning study will take existing and planned communities into consideration as part of the mobility review to determine the long term needs for all travel modes. Some of the many other considerations that will help form the functional planning study include:

  • Engagement feedback
  • Previous plans
  • Environmental and historical conditions
  • West Nose Creek requirements
  • Utility and storm water accommodation
  • Existing terrain and slope stability
  • Community / development access
  • Right-of-way (property) requirements
  • Construction costs
  • Public safety

Study area

The study area (see map below) includes 144 Avenue N.W., between Sage Hill Drive and 24 Street N.W., as well as, the realignment of Symons Valley Road from Sage Bluff Boulevard to Mountain View Road.

144 Ave Project Area 

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Project background

The Calgary Transportation Plan (CTP) classifies 144 Avenue N.W. as an Arterial Street for the West Nose Creek Crossing and a link in the Primary Cycling Network.

144 Avenue N.W. is planned to be the only continuous east-west connection north of Stoney Trail, has been previously planned as a 6-lane road and has been identified as an important transit corridor connecting to the future Green Line LRT.

Rapid development of lands south of the 144 Avenue N.W. study area and the planned development north of 144 Avenue N.W. (Glacier Ridge ASP​) has placed increased pressure on The City's efforts to pre-plan the transportation network requirements necessary to accommodate the many development initiatives in the area including: new alignments for Symons Valley Road, Shaganappi Trail and Sarcee Trail.

The 144 Ave. N.W. bridge over West Nose Creek (between Symons Valley Road and 24 Street N.W.) will improve overall transportation network connectivity in northwest Calgary. Investing in Mobility​ has identified the bridge crossing of West Nose Creek as a leading infrastructure requirement for development of any new communities north of 144 Avenue N.W.

The functional planning study will also identify an alignment for a 4-lane Symons Valley Road north of 144 Avenue N.W., crossing West Nose Creek and tying into Mountain View Road.

Functional planning study process

144 Ave Study Process
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Engagement

The City will be looking for feedback on issues and ideas for 144 Ave NW. We will work with the community to identify opportunities and develop evaluation criteria for consideration in the development of the 144 Avenue N.W. corridor study recommendations.

The first phase of engagement ran from Dec. 3 until Dec. 17, 2018.

​Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the first open house and to all who provided feedback. The open house boards and What We Heard report for the Discover phase are now available. These can also be found on our 144 Ave. N.W. Engagement page​.

Who should I contact if I have questions about the study?

For more information about the study please contact the project team at 144AveNW@calgary.ca.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​