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West 17 Avenue and 37 Street Main Streets construction

Project update - October 2020

Work is continuing on the 37 Street and 17 Avenue main streets projects.

We expect construction on the west side of 37 Street between 28 and 33 Street S.W. to wrap up by the end of this construction season, and work on the east side of 37 Street between 30 and 33 Avenue S.W. will also be complete by the end of the season.

ENMAX work continues on 37 Street at Richmond Road, 17 Avenue, and at 30 Avenue, and we anticipate this work will be complete in early October.

On 17 Avenue crews are continuing work on the north side between 37 and 36 Street S.W., and will work will continue until the end of this construction season between 33 and 35 Street. Work on the south side of 17 Avenue between 33 and 30 Street is continuing, and should be complete by the end of the construction season.

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For more information about what we’re building for these two new main streets have a look at:

Project scope


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:

  • Intersection improvements.
  • Curb extensions for increased pedestrian safety.
  • Enhanced pedestrian experience with wider sidewalks and multiuse pathways.
  • Installing new street lighting.
  • 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.
  • 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?


Project background


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.

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.

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.

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 calgary.ca/mainstreets to learn more about the program and our approach to creating vibrant community spaces.​​​