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50 Avenue S.W. Corridor Study


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Project update - February 2017

We are now in Phase 4: Present Final Recommended Plan. View the final recommended plan and short-term recommendations below.

Project overview

The City of Calgary recently conducted a transportation corridor study of 50 Avenue S.W., between Crowchild Trail and 14A Street S.W. In 2009 it was reclassified as a Parkway under the Calgary Transportation Plan. The objectives of this study were to identify current issues and concerns with 50 Avenue S.W. and provide short-term and long-term recommendations for future improvements to retrofit the corridor to Parkway standards.

50 Avenue S.W. provides access to the residential communities of Altadore, Garrison Woods and North Glenmore Park. It also connects people to schools and destinations such as the Glenmore Athletic Park, River Park and Sandy Beach. As a result, it is well-used by people who walk, bike, take transit and drive.

At this time no funding is available for the construction of the final design. Low-cost changes that can be made with little or no construction may be funded through existing City programs.

Study area

The study area includes 50 Avenue S.W., between Crowchild Trail and 14A Street S.W. as shown in the map below.


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History of 50 Avenue S.W.

From the mid-1960s to the early 1990s, 50 Avenue S.W. was designated as an Expressway. It was meant to provide a connection over the Elbow River to communities to the east. As part of the 1995 GoPlan, the expressway plan was revised as future river crossings were longer permitted. At that time, 50 Avenue S.W. was reclassified as a Collector road. When the Calgary Transportation Plan was approved in 2009, 50 Avenue S.W. was reclassified again; this time as a Parkway.

50 Avenue S.W. currently does not meet Parkway standards. According to the Complete Streets Guide, a Parkway focuses on blending in with natural areas. In addition, walking and cycling are given the highest priority. Upgrading 50 Avenue S.W. to Parkway standards means it will be easier to get around the neighbourhood by walking, biking, taking transit or driving. A current example of a Parkway is Elbow Drive S.W. near Stanley Park.

Final Recommended Plans

The final recommended plan for 50 Avenue S.W. includes a multi-use pathway on the south side of 50 Avenue S.W., a wider sidewalk along the north side of the corridor, and a number of intersection and pedestrian improvements. This plan incorporates public feedback such as maintaining parallel parking between 15 Street S.W. and 17 Street S.W., and multi-use crossings (“elephant’s feet” pavement markings) at intersections to allow cyclists to cross the street without dismounting.
50 Ave SW corridor final plans

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Short-term recommendations were also identified in this study, including improvements west of 22 Street S.W. to improve traffic flow onto Crowchild Trail, and pedestrian improvements such as marked crosswalks and pedestrian crosswalk signs.
50 ave SW corridor short-term recommendations

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To view engagement summaries from Phases 1, 2, and 3, please visit the project engagement page.

Frequently asked questions

Next steps

The final recommended plan is a long-term vision for the corridor and will be implemented as funding becomes available. Currently there is no funding for the 50 Avenue S.W. recommendations. The purpose of identifying improvements now is to allow for planning and prioritization of the project and to have a plan in place to secure funding.

The short-term recommendations could be implemented over the next couple of years as funding becomes available.

Thank you

The City of Calgary appreciates the communities’ participation throughout this project and would like to thank everyone who provided input and feedback.

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

For more information about the study please contact 311.