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Crowchild Trail Corridor Study

Crowchild Trail Corridor Study Transportation Planning is conducting a study for Crowchild Trail from 24 Avenue N.W. to 17 Avenue S.W. The study will identify the short-term and long-term roadway upgrades necessary for moving high volumes of vehicular traffic, while supporting all other modes of transportation (walking, cycling, public transit) and minimizing impacts to adjacent communities. Study recommendations will confirm the amount of space needed (i.e. right-of-way) for the future corridor and update the current corridor plan approved in 1978.

While there is currently no funding available to construct the recommendations from this study, conducting the study now will allow The City to prioritize and plan for future transportation infrastructure projects through the 10-year Investing in Mobility plan.

Six-phased Study Plan

Following Council’s direction to restart this study in Q3 2014, the project team has developed a new six-phased study plan that will provide multiple opportunities for public feedback during each project phase, and incorporate stakeholder and citizen feedback into the decision-making process throughout the study. This approach is consistent with the Council-approved Transportation Corridor Study Policy. The Crowchild Trail Corridor Study is expected to be complete at the end of 2016.

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Public Input on Engagement Program

Phase 1 of the study will establish an Engagement Design Team to answer the question “How do we have the most effective conversation possible about the Crowchild Trail Corridor Study?” The team will be comprised of a group of citizens committed to participate, and will represent diverse perspectives including neighbouring communities, the broader community of Calgary, and different types of users of Crowchild Trail. Details on how interested Calgarians can participate on the Engagement Design Team will be available on this web page in early February 2015.

Input from Phase 1 of the study will be used to develop an engagement program that will apply to Phases 2 to 6 of the study. The work of the Engagement Design Team and the resultant engagement program will be shared with the public in the spring of 2015. Stakeholders such as area businesses, land owners, community residents and road users will have multiple opportunities to provide input on future improvements for Crowchild Trail as the study progresses.

Facts about Crowchild Trail Today

  • Classified as a skeletal road and a Supporting Goods Movement Corridor in the Calgary Transportation Plan.
  • Is one of three major, high-capacity, north-south roadways in Calgary’s overall transportation network.
  • Carries approximately 106,000 vehicles per day and experiences high traffic congestion during rush hour.
  • Is the only City-owned connection for motor vehicles of this capacity over the Bow River in northwest Calgary.
  • Has operational and safety issues near and across the Bow River in part due to the high number of access and exit points, and traffic weaving.
  • Poses schedule reliability challenges for Transit operations on a number of Primary Transit routes due to traffic congestion.
  • Has pedestrian and cycling crossings that do not meet current standards.

Previous Council Direction

On July 28, 2014, Council approved the Transportation Corridor Study Policy and directed City Administration to re-start the Crowchild Trail Corridor Study in Q3 2014. The Policy was developed in response to Council’s Notice of Motion (NM2012-51), which directed City Administration to cease design work for the Crowchild Trail Corridor Study following public and Councillor’s feedback on the proposed design concepts presented in fall 2012. The new six-phase process developed for the Crowchild Trail Corridor Study is consistent with the new Transportation Corridor Study Policy.

Previous Public Engagement in 2012

Prior to Council’s Notice of Motion (NM2012-51) in December 2012, the project team had gathered public input through an online survey and at open houses. The feedback collected in 2012 is considered part of the background information that informs the new study restarting in 2014. Key themes of what we heard at the time include:

  • Strong support to improve traffic flow on Crowchild Trail, particularly across the Bow River.
  • A strong desire from adjacent communities and businesses for additional engagement, to learn more about the project and to communicate their priorities and how they relate to Crowchild Trail.
  • Too much impact to properties and communities.
  • Questions around why Crowchild Trail needs to be free-flow and how should it look and serve Calgarians.
  • Desire for emphasis on Primary Transit with connections to downtown and between universities.
  • Desire to protect and improve the Bow River valley, sidewalk, pathway and bikeway connections.
  • Desire for greater emphasis on urban design and opportunities to improve neighbourhoods.

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