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17 Avenue S.E. Corridor Study - Stoney Trail to East City Limit


Inquiries on the 17 Avenue S.E. Corridor Study

Study update

Thanks to all of you who joined us at the open house on January 28, 2016 and provided input online from January 29 - February 12, 2016.

During the engagement opportunities for Phase 4: Options Evaluation, the majority of participants indicated a raised cycle track is preferred in the study area. Read the engagement summary.

The project team has evaluated all three options using the evaluation framework as well as the public and stakeholder input. Through the evaluation, we determined that the raised cycle track is the recommended option.

Over the next month, we will be finalizing the recommendation. We will share the final recommendation, including the short-, medium and long-term concept plan on this webpage in June.

Project overview

17 Avenue S.E. provides an important regional connection between Calgary and Chestermere. It is also identified in the Calgary Transportation Plan as part of the Primary Transit and Primary Cycling Networks. The study is being completed in two sections. The first section, from Deerfoot Trail to Stoney Trail, was completed in 2011. Today we are conducting the study between Stoney Trail and the east city limit (116 Street S.E.).


Study goals and outcomes

The study area is currently undeveloped. The study will result in a staged concept plan (short-, medium- and long-term) for all transportation modes (walking, cycling, taking transit, and driving).

The concept plan will identify:

  • Required land (right-of-way)
  • Traffic lanes
  • Transit, bus rapid transit (BRT) and light rail transit (LRT) accommodation
  • Connectivity for all road users 
  • Goods movement (truck traffic)
  • Access to and from the corridor

Alignment with other studies

The recommendations from the 17 Avenue S.E. Corridor Study will align with the projects immediately east and west of the study area.

To the east, the approved Chestermere Boulevard Corridor Plan (2014) recommends future BRT/LRT lanes in the middle of the road, two vehicle lanes in each direction, one-way cycle tracks in each direction, and sidewalks on both sides of the road.

To the west, the 17 Avenue S.E. Corridor Study (Deerfoot Trail to Stoney Trail) completed in 2011, recommends median transit lanes, two vehicle lanes in each direction, sidewalks, and cycling facilities. The ongoing 17 Avenue S.E. Transitway project will refine these recommendations and finalize the design from 26 Street S.E. to 70 Street S.E.

Transportation and land use context

17 Avenue S.E. is classified as a Parkway from Stoney Trail to 100 Street S.E., and as an Urban Boulevard from 100 Street S.E. to the east City Limit. Parkway and Urban Boulevard both belong to the Livable family of streets in the Complete Streets Guide. These types of streets are intended to function as destinations as well travel modes that enable social interaction (e.g., walking, cycling, transit).

The Belvedere Area Structure Plan (ASP) was approved in 2013, recommending future development of approximately 61,000 people and 14,000 jobs in the area. The ASP outlines an Urban Corridor and Community Activity Centre east of 100 Street S.E. The Urban Corridor will have higher density residential and employment areas, and the Community Activity Centre will connect a broad mix of land uses (residential, employment, retail, institutional) with transit.

Currently, the study area lacks emergency services and infrastructure like water and transportation. Future development is restricted until funding for the necessary infrastructure is in place. This study will not affect the development restriction.

Public engagement

The engagement program focuses on consulting a broad range of stakeholders including:

  • landowners in the study area
  • nearby community associations
  • government representatives
  • others representing various modes of transportation

Vision and context workshop

In June 2015, we hosted a vision and context workshop for adjacent landowners and other stakeholders. View the presentation, summary of the workshop discussion, and the engagement summary. The input during this phase helped the project team prioritize and define important factors and guiding principles for the study.

Since the first workshop in June, the project team has identified the area constraints and determined that the corridor will have two vehicle lanes and a median (middle) transitway.

Options development workshop

On October 07, 2015, we hosted a workshop for stakeholders. 14 people attended and discussed considerations for developing options.View the workshop presentation. We also offered an opportunity to provide input online.

We gathered input on the type and location of:

  • Bike facilities
  • Parking
  • Sidewalk/public realm & green space

Read the engagement summary to learn more.

The input and ideas from the workshop and online feedback will be merged with technical analysis to narrow down some options to take to the public open house on January 28, 2016.

Open house

On January 28, 2016 at the East Hills Walmart, we hosted a drop-in public open house and an online survey from January 29 - February 12 to collect feedback on the preliminary options. View the open house boards, view the preliminary options andengagement summary.

During the engagement opportunities, the majority of participants indicated a raised cycle track is preferred in the study area.

The project team has evaluated all three options using the evaluation framework as well as the public and stakeholder input. Through the evaluation, we determined that the raised cycle track is the recommended option.

Over the next month, we will be finalizing the recommendation. We will share the final recommendation, including the short-, medium and long-term concept plan on this page in June.

Timeline


Engagement process
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