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Bridges and elevated guideways

Early concept rendering of Elbow River bridge crossing.

Elevated stations

Several stations in Phase 1 of Green Line will be elevated to accommodate the surrounding terrain. These include:

Ramsay/Inglewood Station
The station will be built between the communities of Ramsay and Inglewood. Access to this elevated station will be from the west and east sides, which will improve connections between the two communities.

26 Avenue S.E. Station
The station will be located on the embankment west of Crossroads Market, just north of Blackfoot Trail.

An example of an elevated station is Sunalta on the West LRT.
An example of an elevated station is Sunalta on the West LRT.

Elevated guideways

To accommodate the varying terrain features and existing city infrastructure for the tracks for Phase 1, elevated guideways will be used to cross the streets. Elevated guideways eliminate the need for multiple level crossings where cars and pedestrians would need to stop frequently to allow trains to pass.

Areas where there will be elevated guideways include:

  • 11 Street S.E. between 18 and 26 Avenues S.E.
  • Barlow Trail near 114 Avenue S.E.
An example of an elevated guideway is in Hillhurst/Sunnyside.
An example of an elevated guideway is in Hillhurst/Sunnyside.

Bridges

Seven bridges will be built in Phase 1 of Green Line. Most of the crossings over roadways are simple LRT bridges. However, bridges that cross rivers provide opportunities to enhance the pathways and areas surrounding them.

Green Line bridges will cross:

  • Elbow River between Ramsay and Victoria Park (near the Calgary Transit Victoria Park Garage)
  • 12 Street S.E.
  • Blackfoot Trail S.E. (near Crossroads Market)
  • Deerfoot Trail (near 46 Avenue S.E.)
  • The Bow River (near the Calf Robe bridge)
  • 78 Avenue S.E.
  • Ogden Road S.E.
The LRT bridge between 3 Street S.E. and Bridgeland/Memorial stations.
The LRT bridge between 3 Street S.E. and Bridgeland/Memorial stations.

Elbow River bridge

The Elbow River bridge will connect Victoria Park and Ramsay in southeast Calgary, near the Calgary Transit Victoria Park Garage. Pedestrian river crossings at the nearby Inglewood bridge (9 Avenue S.E.) and Elbow River Traverse bridge, negate the need for pedestrian access on this bridge.

Multi-use pathways below the bridge will improve pedestrian connections between Ramsay and Inglewood. They have new safety measures, including:

  • A widened pathway on the west side of the Elbow River
  • CCTV cameras
  • Call boxes
  • Lighting

Learn more about the planning and design of the Elbow River bridge.

Blackfoot Trail bridge

The Blackfoot Trail bridge will cross the roadway just behind Crossroads Market. The bridge will include the LRT line and a multi-use pathway.

Deerfoot Trail and Bow River bridges

As Green Line moves through Highfield, it will cross over Deerfoot Trail and then across the Bow River beside the existing Canadian National Railway tracks. The bridge will take the LRT line across to Refinery Park. Both bridges include multi-use pathways. 

78 Avenue S.E. bridge

South of Ogden Station, the LRT line will raise up and over 78 Avenue S.E., similar to the existing Canadian Pacific Kansas City’s (CPKC) rail line. 78 Avenue currently ends at the CPKC embankment, but work is underway to create a tunnel for both Green Line and the CPKC rail line to facilitate better traffic flow into the industrial area east of the tracks.