On Monday, July 25th, 2016, I brought forward a Motion
Arising to direct administration to begin work on design and subsequent
construction of a pedestrian overpass across 14th Street at 90th
Avenue SW, with the goal of having it completed for the opening of the full SW
Transitway BRT. Council approved my motion.
The overpass will make it easier for residents in Haysboro
to safely access services at Glenmore Landing, the Calgary Jewish Community
Centre, and the planned SW BRT station. Pedestrians currently need to cross six
lanes of traffic which poses difficulties for seniors and children. This
overpass will increase connectivity between communities and amenities, promote
walking and cycling, and increase safety.
This pedestrian connectivity is something residents have
raised consistently, and something we’ve been talking about for while. While
the City will be doing a lot of work in the area, we can take advantage of the
construction that will be going on and integrate it into the SWBRT.
Coordinating these projects in conjunction with each other saves tax payer
dollars and construction headaches.
The exact cost of the overpass still needs to be determined.
Administration will report back to Council in the fall with an estimated cost
and funding mechanism. Generally, pedestrian overpasses cost $6 million.
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