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42 Avenue S.E. Complete Streets project

Project update

Engagement is now closed. Thank you to those who provided input on the possible design options.

Participants had an opportunity to provide input in person and online from June 24 to July 19, 2019. A What We Heard Report will be available in August. View the engagement page here.


About the project

We are currently reviewing 42 Avenue S.E. between 1A Street S.W. and 12 Street S.E. as well as 12 Street S.E. between 42 Avenue S.E. and 46 Avenue S.E. Also, we are working with Calgarians to identify barriers and understand how to best improve accessibility and connections to key destinations for people who walk, bike and take transit.

The new facilities will:

  • Provide improved access to the 39 Avenue LRT station, the future Green Line Highfield Station and other public transit locations along the corridor.
  • Create travel connections between the Elbow River and the Bow River.
  • Link to destinations such as the Calgary Food Bank and local businesses like those that make up the Barley Belt District (10 Craft breweries within a 7 km stretch).
  • Eliminate sidewalk gaps and missing links that currently exist in the sidewalk network.
  • Improve accessibility along the corridor for all users.
  • Not impact the number of vehicular lanes or access to businesses.
  • Connect to a new multi-use pathway on the north side of 42 Avenue west of Macleod Trail, with connections to Stanley Park, and to a new multi-use pathway on the north side of Highfield Blvd S.E.

Next steps

We will use the input we received from Calgarians, along with technical expertise, to refine and finalize the design. We will present it back to the public in the fall.

We anticipate that Calgarians will be able to use the new facilities in fall 2020. Check back for regular updates.

Study Area

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Why are we doing this project?

42 Avenue S.E. connects to important destinations including Stanley Park, the food bank, industrial parks, LRT stations, and local businesses. It is important that The City provides transportation options that allow people to walk, bike and take transit as efficient ways of travel.

This 2.25 km section of roadway currently lacks continuous and comfortable facilities to walk or bike on. With businesses popping up in this traditionally industrial area and the construction of the Green Line on the horizon, there is a new demand to improve accessibility and connectivity for people who walk, bike and/or take transit.

The complete streets project will provide a key east to west link as well as convenient access to transit stops, the Calgary Food Bank and the many businesses that make up the "Barley Belt" (10 craft breweries in a 7 km stretch).


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Funding for this project comes from one-time capital funding to invest in growth areas within developed communities, approved as part of the 2019-2022 Service Plans and Budgets. $5.5 million was directly allocated to improve mobility along 42 Avenue's streets and pathways, and other priority pathway connections as a result of the numerous letters and a collection of over 400 signatures in community support presented to Council.


During public engagement for the 11 Street S.E. Corridor Improvement project, Calgarians identified 42 Avenue S.E. as an area for improvement due to its connections to important destinations.

42 Avenue S.E. was also a case study in Step Forward (The Pedestrian Strategy approved by Council in 2016).

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Plans and Strategies

We are committed to providing a safe, reliable and efficient transportation system that supports all modes of travel.

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