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Westbrook Pedestrian Overpass

Project Update - December 2, 2019

The old (existing) bridge will be permanently closed to pedestrian traffic at 9:00 p.m. on Friday, December 6th. Demolition of the old bridge is scheduled to begin at that time. Starting at 9 p.m. on December 6, Bow Trail S.W. will be closed between 33rd and 37th Streets S.W. and traffic will be detoured to 17 Avenue S.W. through 12:00 noon on Saturday, December 7th. In addition, Balsam Drive will be closed to thru traffic during the demolition work.

Various lane closures will continue on Bow Trail through Saturday, December 7 until 5 p.m. Additional demolition work on the east ramp will require traffic restrictions on Balsam Drive only on Monday, December 9 and Tuesday, December 10.

This work will create construction noise and dust in the area and is expected to result in travel delays on local roads – please plan accordingly. Pedestrians using pathways in the area should follow marked detours and be aware of construction activities and the movement of construction equipment and trucks during performance of the work.

The new bridge is expected to open to the public before 7:00 a.m. on Monday, December 9th. Some portions of the bridge (east stair) may remain closed until final work is completed and bridge users should heed barricades restricting access to these areas.

We thank residents in the area, and commuters travelling through the area for their patience and understanding during this phase of construction. This work is weather dependent, and may be rescheduled on short notice.

Westbrook Overpass installation
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New overpass in place
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Project background

The area surrounding Westbrook Mall has been identified in the Municipal Development Plan (MDP) and the Westbrook Village Area Redevelopment Plan as a Major Activity Centre, an ideal candidate for redevelopment through Investing in Mobility. With the addition of the Westbrook LRT Station, the area has seen an increased volume in pedestrians, making it an increasingly busy corridor.

Infrastructure improvements in the area like the Westbrook Pedestrian Overpass will encourage future development as the population surrounding the LRT Station increases. Accessible shopping, employment and residential opportunities in this transit hub are positive outcomes from Transit Oriented Development (TOD) projects such as this.

The existing overpass crossing Bow Trail between 33 and 37 Street S.W. was constructed in 1970, at a time when accessibility standards were much lower than they are today. Approaching 50 years old, the bridge is exhibiting significant deterioration and has numerous structural deficiencies. It has been determined that the most economically feasible solution to address the condition of the structure and its current level of accessibility is to replace it with a new overpass.

Project design and objectives

The new pedestrian overpass will bring multiple benefits to the Westbrook area including:

  • A more accessible structure with a wider bridge deck and ramps that are not as steep
  • Improved safety with the addition of better lighting and by redirecting pedestrians from street level crossing of Bow Trail
  • More than 40 new trees have been incorporated into the design around the new bridge
  • Providing a desirable connection for pedestrians to access destinations on either side of Bow Trail
  • Supporting employment and residential development in the Westbrook area
  • Reducing long-term infrastructure and operating costs by supporting redevelopment, slowing the outward expansion known as "urban sprawl" of the city as outlined in the Investing in Mobility plan and Transit Oriented Development policy
Westbrook bridge site plan

Communication

The City of Calgary remains committed to keeping stakeholders and area users informed and updated on the project. The project page will be regularly updated with information on the project, public information sessions and any other project related information. 311 is an additional resource for Calgarians to contact with questions about the project.

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Project timeline

Contract awarded: December 2018
Construction start: February 2019
Construction end: Late fall 2019
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