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Banff Trail Area Improvements

We are pleased to report that since we last provided information on the 16 Ave N.W. Widening Project, additional adjacent projects have been funded as part of The City of Calgary's four-year capital plan. We are coordinating and consolidating multiple needs in the area and taking a holistic approach to all the work that needs to get done; this will help reduce multiple and consecutive disruptions to the same area. The combined work is now called: The Banff Trail Area Improvements Project.

Project background

The Foothills Hospital/Stadium/Banff Trail Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) area forms part of the University Major Activity Centre in the Municipal Development Plan (MDP). It also covers low and medium priority redevelopment locations in the City's Growth Management Framework.

Growth projections indicate that the Foothills Hospital/Stadium/Banff Trail TOD area is anticipated to see an increase in population density over the next 10 to 20 years; To accommodate this, a number of improvements are required to local infrastructure.

Project scope

The Banff Trail Area Improvements project combines what would have otherwise been the following four individual projects:

1. 16th Avenue N: Lane widening from Crowchild Trail N.W. to 20A Street N.W.

  • Adding one eastbound lane along 16th Avenue N.W. (from Crowchild Trail N.W. to 20A Street N.W.)
  • Adding a pedestrian ramp to the pedestrian bridge east of Banff Trail N.W. on the north side of 16th Avenue N.W., painting the handrails, and replacing / relocating the existing staircase.
  • Relocating a westbound Calgary Transit bus stop on 16th Avenue N.W. from east of the Banff Trail pedestrian bridge to west of Banff Trail N.W.
  • Re-aligning the Banff Trail & 16th Avenue N.W. intersection to the west
  • Improvements to accommodate a continuous multi-use pathway from 19th Street N.W. to Banff Trail N.W. (on the north side of 16th Avenue N.W.) to link to the new pathway from Banff Trail to Crowchild Trail
  • Replacement of the noise wall adjacent to the Briar Hill Community (south side of 16th Avenue N.W., Crowchild Trail to 20A Street N.W.)
  • Inclusion of a contra-flow bike lane on 16th Avenue Residential Road (south of the noise wall)
  • Adding new Calgary Transit bus stops (in both directions) on the east side of Crowchild Trail on 16th Avenue N.W.
  • Building a 'Complete Street' along Banff Trail N.W. (from 16th Avenue N.W. to 23 Avenue N.W.)
  • Building a new east/west internal access road (Banff Trail to lane) to facilitate a new road network
  • View a high resolution map here.

2. Constructing a westbound (WB) 16th Avenue N.W. off-ramp to northbound (NB) Crowchild Trail N.W.

  • The construction of a new ramp from WB 16th Avenue N.W. to NB Crowchild Trail with a second one way NB access ramp onto 24th Street N.W.
  • Removal of the Service Road, addition of a multi-use pathway and boulevard space (between Banff Trail N.W. and 24th Street N.W.)
  • Enhancing the pedestrian underpass at Crowchild Trail and 16th Avenue N.W., including the addition of a new switchback pathway from the north side of 16th Avenue N.W.
  • Adding sidewalk connections along 24th Street N.W. (east side) from 23rd Avenue N.W. to 16th Avenue N.W.
  • View a high resolution map here.

3. Intersection improvements at Crowchild Trail N.W. and 24th Avenue N.W.

  • Widening Crowchild Trail (adding a NB lane along Crowchild Trail between 23rd Avenue N.W. and the 32nd Avenue N.W. off-ramp)
  • Improvements to the Crowchild Trail/24th Avenue intersection to accommodate active modes passing through this intersection
  • Changes to the 24th Avenue/24th Street intersection
  • Upgrading the pathway on the east side of Crowchild Trail (from Crowchild Trail & 24th Avenue going south to Banff Trail N.W.)
  • Adding a new multi-use pathway from Crowchild Trail & Banff Trail N.W. to Crowchild Trail & 23rd Avenue N.W.
  • View a high resolution map here​.

4. 24th Avenue N.W. Corridor (Crowchild Tr. N.W. to 14th St. N.W.) Improvements

  • Making improvements for people who walk, cycle, along 24th Avenue N.W. (from Crowchild Trail N.W. to 14th Street N.W.)
  • Resurfacing the road along 24th Avenue N.W. (from Crowchild Trail N.W. to 14th Street N.W.)
  • 24th Avenue & 14th Street N.W. - building a new Confederation Park pathway connection that includes an at-grade crossing across 14th Street N.W. while keeping the existing underpass.

This work will improve connections while making it easier and safer for Calgarians to get around. We will be working closely with the communities and businesses in the area to ensure they are kept up-to-date during the course of this project.

Project area

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~$37 million

Business access

We are committed to keeping business accesses open throughout construction.

Upcoming events

Public Open House
Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019
Time: 7-9 p.m. (Drop-in)
No RSVP Required

If you are unable to join us in-person at the above event, you can provide your feedback online via a link that will be active right here from October 24 – November 8. 

Past events

June 11, 2019:
October 29, 2018:

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Project timeline

  • October 2018: Public Engagement Session
  • Spring 2019: Project re-introduction
  • June 11, 2019: Public Engagement Session
  • Fall 2019: Public Engagement Session
  • Winter (Q1) 2020: Utility relocations (water, gas, electrical)
  • Spring 2020: Start of construction
  • 2021/2022: Construction completion

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