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Ward 1 News: Bowness Complete Streets Corridor Project

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Ward 1 official websiteThis summer, Bowness Road N.W. is being re-paved between 70 Street N.W. and 60 Street N.W. as part of The City’s regular maintenance program. At the same time, several mobility improvements are being made for all travel modes. They include : 

• Pedestrian improvements along the entire corridor: new curb ramps, sidewalk repairs, curb extensions, pedestrian crossing lights and refuge islands
• Extending the on-street bicycle lanes from 70 Street N.W.
• Adding dedicated left-turn lanes at 32 Avenue N.W. and 33 Avenue N.W. to improve traffic flow
• Pathway improvements and connections
• Improved waiting areas for transit users
• CP Rail underpass repair and pathway upgrades
• Intersection improvements and traffic calming measures at Bowwood Drive N.W. / 33 Avenue N.W. and Bowwood Drive / 64 Street / 36 Avenue N.W.

The City used public input, technical analysis and cost considerations to select and refine the final plans. These plans have been updated since the fall 2016 workshops. Bike lanes will not be implemented through the BIA at this time. The City will study how people driving and biking use the new configuration before deciding how to best accommodate both travel modes.

Construction is underway and is expected to be complete in fall 2017. Concrete work to build the curb extensions, curb ramps, sidewalk repairs and pedestrian refuge islands will be ongoing throughout the summer. Some temporary sidewalk and lane closures may be required for this construction.  Paving will begin once concrete work is complete (expected to begin in August) and will take approximately one month to complete. Road marking and signage changes will happen after paving is complete. This is also when parking changes will be implemented.

Parking is currently permitted along both sides of Bowness Road N.W. for the majority of the project area. There are approximately 195 existing parking spaces on Bowness Road N.W. The City conducted a parking study in November 2015 (weekday study from 7-8:30 p.m.) and found that parking is extremely well-used in the BIA, with more than 90 per cent occupancy during peak hours, which were from 2-3:30 p.m. Outside of the BIA, parking occupancy was approximately 57 per cent during the peak period (2-3:30 p.m.) and 51 per cent throughout the rest of the day. Parking on the majority of side streets was underused.

Data from the parking study, along with public input and further detailed design helped to inform the parking changes. Between 66 Street N.W. and 65 Street N.W., parking will be removed on the north side and six spaces will be removed on the south side of Bowness Road N.W.  Six new parking spaces will be added on the north side of Bowness Road N.W. between 67 Street N.W. and 66 Street N.W. to help offset the parking removal between 66 Street N.W. and 65 Street N.W.

The City is communicating with residents and landowners where other parking changes are required to meet road standards and to accommodate bike lane transitions and curb extensions.

For additional detail, please refer to the following City website.



This content represents the personal views and opinions of the Councillor and should not be taken as a statement of policy of The City of Calgary. The inclusion of any external content does not imply endorsement by The City of Calgary.

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