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Montgomery (Bowness Road) Main Streets construction

Project update – August 2020

Construction starting in the 46 to 4800 block

Crews will start work on the Montgomery Main Street project in the 46 to 4800 block of Bowness Road N.W. the week of August 10, 2020. Construction this season will only be on the north side of Bowness Road N.W. within these blocks.

Traffic will be shifted to the south side of Bowness Road N.W. so we can maintain one lane of east and westbound traffic while crews are working.

While crews are working, parking restrictions will be in place in the work area to ensure crews have room to work safely. There will be no parking on the north or south side of Bowness Road NW between 46 and 48 Street N.W. during construction. We anticipate crews will be working along this section of Bowness Road N.W. until September, 2020, weather dependent.

Upcoming water service disruption

On Friday, August 7, 2020 we will need to shut off water service between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. for residents on the north and south side of Bowness Road between 43 and 44 Street N.W. while crews are working. We will have water trucks on site for residents.

Crews to start work at 52 Street and Bowness Road NW

The week of August 10, 2020 residents and businesses can expect to see ENMAX on site as they start work to bury the overhead powerlines at 52 Street and Bowness Road NW. Crews will be working in this area until the end of September. While crews are working there will be detours and lane closures in place

Work on the north side of Bowness Road N.W. between Mackay Road and 44 Street N.W. is ongoing, and we anticipate crews will be wrapping up work on this section by the end of August.

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For more information about the new Montgomery Main Street that we’re building, have a look at the Montgomery Main Street project overview.


Project scope

The City has developed a streetscape master plan for Bowness (Montgomery) Road NW based on citizen and stakeholder feedback, technical analysis, and financial considerations. The plan supports the needs identified by the community and provides a vision that guides the detailed design and construction phases.

The final design for the Bowness Road Main Street project includes:

  • New road surface on Bowness Road between MacKay Road and west of 52 Street NW.
  • A multi-use path, and sidewalk, on both sides of Bowness Road.
  • Enhanced pedestrian crossings through the corridor for safety.
  • Better access to transit stops.
  • Intersection improvements, for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.
  • New street lighting along the corridor.
  • New landscaping and amenities to make the street a destination.
  • Burying the overhead power lines at Bowness Road and 52 Street NW.
  • Upgraded traffic signals at Bowness Road and Home Road NW


Construction on Bowness Road NW starts summer 2020.

  • Summer 2020 – Construction starts
  • Summer to late fall 2020 – Underground utility relocation and road works
  • Spring 2021 – Utility and roadworks continue
  • Spring 2022 – project completion

What will Bowness Road look like?

Project background

Montgomery’s Main Street – Bowness Road N.W. – underwent the “design” step of the Main Streets program in 2018 and 2019. The City developed a streetscape master plan for your Main Street based on citizen and stakeholder feedback, technical analysis, and financial considerations. This vision encompasses numerous considerations, including:

  • Enhanced pedestrian safety and comfort.
  • Improved mobility options, including transit and cycling.
  • A design that is uniquely “Montgomery” and reflects its identity.
  • Green, friendly streets through naturalized boulevards, trees, and site furnishings.
  • Making Montgomery a destination that will support existing and new local businesses.
  • Improved connections to park spaces and amenities.

Main Streets

The Main Streets Program is one of the ways that the City of Calgary is working to make our city “a great place to make a living, and a great place to make a life.” Our program shares The City’s common purpose of “making life better every day” by implementing a comprehensive process to transform our main streets into places where people want to live, work and play.

Core principles

Main Streets are resilient, adaptable, and attractive places that:

  • Celebrate the character of the community.
  • Encourage diversity of businesses, buildings and residents.
  • Create a vibrant destination.
  • Improve public health.

Visit the Main Streets program webpage to learn more about the program and our approach to creating vibrant community spaces.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​