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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.

Involves:
  • 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 insulating 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 to facilitate a new road network

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

Involves:
  • The construction of a new ramp from WB 16th Avenue N.W. to NB Crowchild Trail with a second 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.

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

Involves:
  • 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 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.

4. 24th Avenue N.W. Improvements

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

We are approaching the above four projects holistically and combining them so the work gets done cohesively with consideration of the public. Our objective is to be better organized so that we can better mitigate the impacts to those living in and travelling through the area.

Once this work is done, we'll all benefit from improved connections - ones that make it easier and safer 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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Objectives

  • Widen 16th Avenue N.W. to 6 lanes from its existing 5 lane state.
  • Build an off-ramp to northbound Crowchild Trail N.W. from westbound 16th Avenue N.W. Doing so will increase the capacity of Crowchild Trail and thus allow us to focus on making pedestrian and bicycle improvements along the 24th Avenue N.W. and Banff Trail N.W. corridors.
  • Encourage and accommodate different modes of transport (walking, cycling, transit and driving) in the area.
  • Complete missing links in the area to create a more direct, unobstructed and safe route for pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Enhance the streetscape environment and feel of 16th Avenue N.W., Banff Trail N.W., and 24 Avenue N.W.
  • Increase the amount of available cycling infrastructure for cyclists in N.W. Calgary and connect riders to high-density areas and major activity centres.
  • Create safer roads for local community through traffic calming initiatives.
  • Improve road conditions for local traffic by repaving 24 Avenue N.W.

Budget

~$37 million

Business access

We are committed to keeping business accesses open throughout construction.

Public input

Thank you to those who provided input at the October 29 open house and on our online engagement portal.

View the boards presented at the open house

View the What We Heard Report

We have spent the last few months reviewing both the input from the public, and that received from our technical experts; we have done our best to weigh both carefully into our design and scope changes.

The scope of the former project has changed, and so have the teams involved with the work happening in your area.

Meet the team

We'll be out in your community next year working towards improving the Banff Trail area and we'd love the chance to meet you in-person and answer any questions you may have.

2019 Public open houses:

Public Open House #1
Date: Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Time: 7-9 p.m. (Drop-in)
 
Please RSVP​​​​​​​
 
Public Open House #2
Date: Fall 2019
More details will be provided as we get closer to the date.
 
Opportunities to participate online will also be available around the same time as the events listed above.

Project timeline

  • Fall 2018: Public Engagement Session: October 2018
  • Spring 2019: Project re-introduction: Spring 2019
  • June 11, 2019 (7-9 p.m. at the Village Park Inn): Public Open House #1
  • Fall 2019: Public Open House #2
  • Winter (Q1) 2020: Utility relocations (water, gas, electrical)
  • Spring 2020: Start of construction
  • Fall 2021: Construction completion

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