West 17 Avenue and 37 Street Main Streets construction
Project update - July 2020
Crews have started work on the 37 Street Main Street Project and the West 17 Avenue Main Street project. On 37 Street, crews are working on the west side of 37 Street between 28 and 33 Avenue S.W. The work in this section includes removing existing sidewalks and asphalt, building new sidewalks, and installing new electrical for street lights along 37 Street SW.
While crews are working, there will be no parking on the west side of 37 Street S.W. between 28 and 33 Avenue S.W. Parking will be available on the east side of 37 Street S.W.
On 17 Avenue, crews are working on the north side of 17 Avenue between 33 and 37 Street S.W. For this first phase of construction we will maintain two lanes of eastbound traffic at all time on 17 Avenue S.W. Westbound traffic on 17 Avenue S.W. will be reduced to one lane. While crews are working, we will ensure pedestrian access is maintained and pedestrian detours will be in place.
For more information about what we’re building for these two new main streets have a look at:
The City has developed streetscape master plans for 37 Street S.W. and 17 Avenue S.W. based on citizen and stakeholder feedback, technical analysis, and financial considerations. The plans support the needs identified by the community and provides a vision that guides the detailed design and construction phases.
The final design for the 17 Avenue Main Street projects includes:
- Upgrading the water main, and sanitary utilities along 17 Avenue between 26 and 29 Street S.W.
- Replacing utilities along 26 Street between Bow Trail and 17 Avenue S.W.
- Burying the overhead power lines at 17 Avenue and 26 Street S.W. and 17 Avenue and 37 Street S.W.
- Intersection improvements.
- Curb extensions for increased pedestrian safety.
- Enhanced pedestrian experience with wider sidewalks and multiuse pathways.
- Installing new street lighting.
- Maintenance work on the Crowchild Trail bridge.
The final design for the 37 Street Main Street projects includes:
- A new multiuse pathway on the east side of 37 Street.
- A wider sidewalk, and boulevard separating vehicles and pedestrians, on the west side of 37 Street.
- A new road surface between Bow Trail and Richmond Road S.W.
- Enhanced pedestrian crossings, and a new boulevard space including approximately 300 new trees planted on 37 Street S.W.
- Changes to parking, where on street parking will be permitted off-peak (currently 24-hour parking).
What will 17 Avenue & 37 Street look like?
37 Street SW (Bow Trail-Richmond) and 17 Avenue S.W. (Crowchild Trail-37 Street), underwent the “design” step of the Main Streets program in 2018 and 2019. The City developed a streetscape master plan for both 17 Avenue S.W. and 37 Street S.W. based on citizen and stakeholder feedback, technical analysis, and financial considerations. The plans support the needs identified by the community and provides a vision that guides the detailed design and construction phases. This vision encompasses numerous considerations, including:
- Enhanced pedestrian safety and comfort.
- Improved mobility options, including transit and cycling.
- A design that reflects its identity of the surrounding communities.
- Green, friendly streets through naturalized boulevards, trees, and site furnishings.
- Making 37 Street and 17 Avenue S.W. a destination that will support existing and new local businesses.
- Improved connections to park spaces and amenities.
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.
To reach their full potential, Calgary’s Main Streets need both public and private investment. The Main Streets program is a continuum that goes from changes to land use that will support development opportunities to a streetscape master plan that is designed to support these changes and can be constructed in a coordinated fashion. The increase in development activity will bring more people and new jobs to the community, making the area more attractive to local businesses and residents.
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 calgary.ca/mainstreets to learn more about the program and our approach to creating vibrant community spaces.