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Crowchild Trail Upgrades

We're fixing the Crowchild Trail bridge over the Bow River and upgrading the way people travel in the area.​

Project Update - January 15 to January 31, 2018

Here's what you'll notice along Crowchild Trail (between Memorial Drive and Bow Trail) over the next couple of weeks:

A flurry of activity which includes:

  • Traffic shifts to accommodate equipment, including cranes, on the Bow River bridge.
  • More workers than normal present on-site
  • Intermittent day-time lane closures and detours along Memorial Drive and Bow Trail
  • Police officers present on-site to assist with traffic control
  • Installation of steel piles on the south side of 10th Ave SW

Things to keep in mind:

  • Nighttime construction work will be taking place weekdays between 9 p.m. - 5 a.m.
  • This is a construction zone! The speed limit has been reduced and is being enforced. Please slow down for your safety and for the safety of our crew that is on-site.
  • One to two lane closures along Crowchild Trail are in effect in each direction during weekday off-peak hours (Mon. to Fri. between 9 p.m. - 5 a.m.)
  • One lane closure along Crowchild Trail will be in effect in each direction on weekends (beginning Fridays at 9 p.m. and ending Mondays at 5 a.m.)

Important dates:

Jan. 16 (Tuesday) and Jan. 17 (Wednesday):​ ​Single right-hand lane closure on eastbound Memorial Drive from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Jan. 17 (Wednesday): Northbound Crowchild Trail from Bow Trail to Memorial Drive:

  • Single lane closure from 10 p.m. to midnight
  • Double lane closure from midnight to 5 a.m.
  • The off-ramp from northbound Crowchild Trail to eastbound Memorial Drive will be CLOSED from midnight to 5 a.m.
  • Detour: Take eastbound Kensington Road to southbound 19th Street NW, and then eastbound Memorial Drive.

Jan. 18 (Thursday): Southbound Crowchild Trail from Memorial Drive to Bow Trail:

  • Single lane closure from 10 p.m. to midnight
  • Double lane closure from midnight to 5 a.m.
  • The off-ramp from eastbound Parkdale Boulevard/Memorial Drive coming onto southbound Crowchild Trail will be CLOSED from midnight to 5 a.m.
  • Detour: From Parkdale Boulevard, continue to eastbound Kensington Road or 14th Street, and then southbound Crowchild Trail.

Jan. 21 (Sunday) – Jan. 23 (Tuesday): Double left-hand lane closure on eastbound Memorial Drive from 9 p.m. – 5 a.m. No detour required, traffic will still be able to proceed through.

Nov. 20 - Present: Southbound Crowchild Trail to eastbound Bow Trail merge has been shortened (speed limit reduced to 50 km/hr during merge).

Nov. 6 - Spring 2018: Bow River / Crowchild Trail Pedestrian Underpass closure

Here's what the short-term upgrades mean for Crowchild Trail, as approved in the Crowchild Trail Study.


(Click for larger image)

Project timeline

Fall 2017 to Fall 2019

Project budget

$87 million

Managing the construction zone:

While the next two years of construction will leave us with a better Crowchild Trail and the area around it, it will be disruptive. Here's what to expect, whether you travel through or live in the area:

  • Reduced speed limit to 50km/hr between Bow Trail and Memorial Drive, for the safety of citizens and crews.
  • Narrowed traffic lanes to make space for crews.
  • No lane closures during weekday peak hours (Monday to Friday between 5 a.m. – 9 p.m.)
  • One to two lane closures in each direction during weekday off-peak hours (Monday to Friday between 9 p.m. – 5 a.m.)
  • One lane closure in each direction on weekends (beginning Fridays at 9 p.m. and ending Mondays at 5 a.m.)
  • Nighttime construction work between the hours of 9 p.m. – 5 a.m.
  • The building of road and pathway detours where required, to ensure people can still access their destinations.
  • The removal of trees where necessary, replanting, and landscape replenishments as part of this project.
  • The building of noise walls in select locations (community engagement will occur prior to construction to review details including appearance and height).
  • Our commitment to keeping business accesses open throughout construction.

Other north-south and east-west route alternatives in the area

  • West of Crowchild Trail: Shaganappi Trail and Sarcee Trail
  • East of Crowchild Trail: 14 Street N.W.
  • North of the Bow River: Memorial Drive/Parkdale Boulevard, 16 Avenue N.W.
  • South of the Bow River: Bow Trail, 17 Avenue S.W., Glenmore Trail
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Heading out?

View up-to-the-minute traffic monitoring camera images for the latest traffic conditions along Crowchild Trail:

Crowchild Tr. N.W. / Nosehill Dr. N.W.

Crowchild Tr. N.W. / Shaganappi Tr. N.W.

24 Ave. N.W. / Crowchild Tr. N.W.

Kensington Rd. N.W. / Crowchild Tr. N.W.

Bow Tr. S.W. / Crowchild Tr. S.W.

Crowchild Tr. S.W./ Sarcee Tr. S.W.

Glenmore Tr. S.W. / Crowchild Tr. S.W.

Tree impacts

While we make every effort to avoid impacts to trees, some trees will need to be removed as part of this project.

Because these trees are found in manicured areas (not natural areas), we have developed a tree compensation plan in which we will not only replant every tree lost, but also, over time double the amount of mature trees in this area.

Tree removals began the week of November 6, 2017 and replacement trees will be planted in the most suitable locations possible throughout the course of this project.

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Videos

Crowchild Trail – Construction kick-off


Crowchild Trail Upgrades - October 2017 - Fall 2019


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Related Documents

Crowchild Trail Upgrades Information Session - Dec 6, 2017

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