Blog: New Crowchild Trail Plan Approved
On May 8th, City Council unanimously approved a new plan for Crowchild Trail. The new design is the result of years of public engagement and engineering work. Council members praised the work done by City staff and the participation from communities.
In 2012, I put a stop to the old Crowchild Trail expansion which called for the demolition of dozens of homes and restricted access between communities. Crowchild Trail has divided several Ward 7 communities for decades, and the old plan would have made this worse. With support from my Council colleagues, I set in motion a new Crowchild Trail Corridor Study. The basis for the new study was a robust six-phase public engagement approach that listened to concerns and aspirations of thousands of Calgarians. Rather than only being a roadway expansion project, the study sought to achieve improvements for walking, cycling, transit, and driving, in addition to preserving bordering communities. The new Crowchild Trail Corridor Study established the goals of:
- Maintain and enhance bordering communities
- Improve travel along the corridor
- Improve travel across the corridor
With these goals in mind, City staff and their consultants created a design that balances the needs of different types of roadway users. Changes include new walking/cycling bridges across Crowchild and to the Bow River Pathway, pathways along Crowchild, safety improvements at conflict points, traffic noise mitigation, and free-flow traffic from Glenmore Trail SW to 12 Mile Coulee Rd NW. The design still requires some property acquisitions, but significantly fewer than before. In addition to this, residents along Crowchild finally have certainty about whether or not their homes will be impacted by the project.
The new Crowchild plan includes short, medium, and long term improvements, with rehabilitation/improvements for the deteriorating Crowchild Trail bridge over the Bow River as the top priority. Funding is approved for the bridge work and other short term changes. While the overall plan is much improved over the previous design, the full Crowchild plan is still a massive project that comes at significant cost. When funding requests come forward for the medium and long term improvements, Council must review these requests against the City’s other priorities such as flood mitigation, affordable housing, and the Green Line LRT.
To view the full Crowchild plan, please visit: www.Calgary.ca/Crowchild
Thank you to all community members who participated in the Crowchild process. Your involvement helped to push for a better project.
Categories: Blog, Crowchild Trail, Transportation