Update on Crowchild Trail Corridor Study
The City of Calgary is beginning the initial stages of restarting the Crowchild Trail Corridor Study. The study will provide recommendations on how Crowchild Trail from 24 Avenue N.W. to 17 Avenue S.W. can be improved over time, including short-term and long-term roadway upgrades necessary for moving high volumes of vehicular traffic, while supporting all modes of transportation and minimizing impacts to adjacent communities.
The new six-phased study will provide multiple opportunities for public feedback during each project phase, and will incorporate stakeholder and citizen feedback into the decision-making process throughout the study. 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.
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.
In early February, The City will be inviting Calgarians to participate on the Engagement Design Team. Input from Phase 1 of the study will be used to develop an engagement program that will apply to Phases 2 to 6, from spring 2015 to the end of the study in late 2016.
Want to get involved? Interested in learning more about the new study process and recruitment process for the Engagement Design Team? Visit www.calgary.ca/crowchild for the latest news.
Background Information on the Crowchild Trail Corridor Study:
Located between 24 Ave NW and 17 Ave SW, the Crowchild Trail Corridor Study is a high priority project, directed by Council Priorities 2012-2014. Originally, the study was started in 2012, however, it was on hold due to a Notice of Motion. The Crowchild Trail Corridor Study effects communities city-wide and involves a river crossing, which will require significant engagement. The project is expected to take between two and a half to three years.
The TransCanada Highway (TCH) Intersections, by Crowchild Trail and University Drive, will be impacted by the Crowchild Trail Corridor Study. It is likely that the redesign, either whole or in part, will include a redesign of these two intersections.
The TCH intersection at the South Shaganappi Trail will likely be redesigned as a result of the Shaganappi Trail South Corridor Study between north of 16 Ave NW to Bowness Road NW. The study will commence in the first quarter of 2015.
The 16 Ave NW Corridor Study, from 10 ST NW to city limits, is not considered a high priority. The study will start between the second and fourth quarter of 2017. The reasons for the study not being a priority are as follows:
- Improvements for the TransCanada Highway corridor at Bowfort Road and Sarcee Trail (COP access) are already planned and funded for construction.
- Transit improvements such as the move to four car trains on NW LRT, cross town BRT routes that connect to the NW and Foothills Medical Centre, and the University of Calgary transit hub are all projects that are funded or planned that will help reduce the increasing travel demand on NW Calgary and the TransCanada Highway.
- Improvements to TransCanada Highway corridor at Valley Ridge Blvd are anticipated.
The existing NW Ring Road and completion of the SW Ring Road will significantly reduce increasing travel demand on TransCanada Highway.
- A primary transit stop is planned for TransCanada Highway just west of 29 ST to improve transit service in the area.
- Northeast, north and south parts of Calgary are growing at an even faster rate than TransCanada Highway corridor.
- Over half of the TransCanada Highway, between 10 St NW and Bow River is classified as urban boulevard, thus opportunities to expand road capacity are limited.
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