I’m happy to tell you that the busiest
underpass beneath the CPR line that links downtown with the Beltline is finally getting a makeover. This is
a project that I have pushed hard for, and I’m glad to report that construction
has begun on the 1 Street SW Underpass Enhancement Project. More than 9,500 people walk through this underpass every
day, making it the most used in all the centre City. This underpass has been in dire need of work for some time, and the enhancement will
include improved lighting, new sidewalks and
guardrails, water mitigation and public art, while respecting the unique heritage status of the site.
Note that while construction is underway in the coming months, pedestrian traffic will be restricted to only one side of 1 Street, while one lane will be closed to vehicular traffic.
A big thank you to the Canada
Pacific Railway, Fairmont Palliser Hotel, Calgary Downtown Association and
Victoria Park BRZ for donations that helped the City move ahead with this
project. The 1 Street underpass should be complete by this summer, and it
will make pedestrian travel in the area safer and more comfortable.
For more information on this and related projects, check out the Centre City Underpass Enhancement Program, or contact my office.
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