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South Shaganappi Study

Study update

Thank you for providing your input on the design and technical elements using the online survey.

The input we receive from the April workshops, the Community Advisory Group, the online survey, and a technical review will inform the development of several preliminary concepts for the study area. The preliminary concepts will be presented to the public for feedback in the fall. Read the engagement summary and verbatim comments.

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Shaganappi Trail has always been identified as a vital link in Calgary’s transportation network.

In 1970, The City completed the Shaganappi Trail Functional Planning Study. At that time, Shaganappi Trail was classified as an expressway. The study recommended a major interchange at the junction of 16 Avenue, Bowness Road, Memorial Drive, and Shaganappi Trail. It also recommended Shaganappi Trail be extended across the Bow River through Edworthy Park to connect commuters to Sarcee Trail.

In 2009, Council approved the Calgary Transportation Plan (CTP). It reclassified Shaganappi Trail to an Arterial Street from a Skeletal Road and identified the corridor as a primary route for transit, cycling and HOV (high occupancy vehicles). In addition, the CTP confirmed that the Bow River crossing recommendation would be removed. This means that Shaganappi Trail will no longer function as a north to south connector across the river.

These changes require us to revisit how Shaganappi Trail was designed in the south end. The South Shaganappi Study will work with stakeholders and the public to determine the best way of addressing these challenges and ensure the future design of the study area meets the needs of the community. 

Through this study, we will align the future corridor plans for Shaganappi Trail with the CTP, the Municipal Development Plan (MDP), and adjacent land use plans. We will also develop a long-term vision for Shaganappi Trail that accommodates all modes of transportation and is integrated with surrounding communities and land uses.

Study area

The study area includes the Shaganappi Tr. and 16 Ave. interchange, the Shaganappi Tr. and Bowness Rd. intersection and the Bowness Rd. and 16 Ave. interchange.

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Current status

There are three phases in this study. Currently, we are in Phase Two: Concept Development and Analysis.

In April, we hosted Design Idea Workshops for adjacent communities and the public to share ideas about possible changes to the study area. Participants worked with a technical illustrator to sketch potential designs and explore ways to achieve the study’s goals and objectives. View the display boards.

From the input we received and an initial technical review, we identified eleven elements that will help guide the design of the study area. An opportunity to provide feedback on the elements was offered online from May 11-25.

Read the engagement summary for Phase Two: Concept Development and Analysis. For upcoming engagement opportunities, go to the Engagement Page.

Next steps:

The input we receive from the April workshops, the Community Advisory Group, the online survey, and a technical review will inform the development of several preliminary concepts for the study area. The preliminary concepts will be presented to the public for feedback in the fall.

Study timeline

South Shaganappi Timeline 
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Study goals

  1. Review and recommend infrastructure that aligns the future corridor plans for Shaganappi Trail with the CTP, the MDP and adjacent land uses
  2. Identify what land will no longer be required for infrastructure


  1. Improve safety for those who use and/or live by the corridor
  2. Improve accessibility across and throughout the corridor, reconnecting the adjacent communities of Montgomery and Parkdale
  3. Accommodate all modes of transportation including walking, cycling, driving, HOV (high occupancy vehicles), and transit.
  4. Move people and goods in an efficient way, providing continuous traffic flow and a reduction in GHG emissions.
  5. Explore opportunities for using the land that is not required for infrastructure

How can I be involved in the study?

We will be hosting a variety of engagement opportunities throughout the study. You are invited to participate whether you use Shaganappi Trail daily, a few times a month, or choose not to use it at all. Your feedback will help shape the project and help us make better project decisions.

For upcoming and past events, go to the Engagement page.

In addition, you can sign up for email updates to get the latest news.

How will my input be used in the study?

Your feedback influences the direction of the project at every step along the way. It also forms a critical part of the information the project team relies on for decision making.

It will help the project team understand the challenges and issues that need to be addressed by the study. Together we will create concepts that address the challenges of the study area and fit the needs of the community.

What is the Community Advisory Group (CAG)?

We understand that proposed solutions will be improved if they incorporate the knowledge of those who live and work near the study area and those who frequently use the roadways and interchanges within the study area. In an effort to align with Council’s direction to collaborate with citizens on corridor studies and develop options that reflect citizens’ needs, the engagement plan for the South Shaganappi Study includes a Community Advisory Group (CAG).
The CAG will work with the project team to provide advice on:

  • community interests and needs;
  • opportunities to connect with citizens and obtain public input;
  • evaluation criteria for design concepts;
  • proposed or suggested land use concepts;
  • proposed planning recommendations and policies; and
  • striking an appropriate balance between community and transportation network needs.

CAG members were appointed by the project team to ensure representativeness of the various communities and interests affected by the study. They will meet three to four times throughout the study. 

How long before construction happens?

The study looks at short- and long-term plans. It’s hard to say when construction will happen when we don’t know what the changes will be. As the study progresses, we’ll get a better idea of what the opportunities are and when they can happen. The best estimate at this time is 10-30 years for construction to occur.

Does the project have funding?

No. Before funding is allocated, an approved plan is required. Recommendations from the study, if approved, will enable changes for Shaganappi Trail to be prioritized for funding through Investing in Mobility.

The study will also look for short-term opportunities for improvements. Low-cost changes that can be implemented with little or no construction may be funded through existing City programs.

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

For questions about the study, please contact the project team at

Project background

The South Shaganappi Area Study Plan (ASP) recommended The City of Calgary to undertake a corridor study due to the changes in the 2009 Calgary Transportation Plan.

The City conducted the Shaganappi Trail Corridor and HOV Study and its recommendations were approved by Council in 2015. This study was designed to address both the north and south ends of the street together. However, it was obvious that the south was different than the north, with complex considerations to address including community connections, potential redevelopment opportunities and infrastructure design that was based on the 1970s plan.

The south was separated into its own corridor study because we recognized these differences and received confirmation from the public during the Shaganappi Trail Corridor and HOV Study.

Related Projects

View this map to see the active projects close to the study area or click on the links below.