17 Ave. S.W. construction
Project update - September 19, 2023
Construction crews have substantially completed most of the areas of new sidewalk and related works on the south side of 17 Avenue S.W. between 2 Street and 11 Street.
All planned improvements along 16 Avenue S.W. (10 to 14 Street S.W.), including curb and gutter work, wheelchair ramps at various corners and related adjacent areas have been completed. New paint lines will be sprayed in the next few weeks to adjust the road centerline and mark new angled parking stalls, that will add approximately 20% more street parking in this zone.
Upcoming areas of work this fall will include:
- North side of 17 Avenue between 2 Street to 4 Street S.W. (underway as of Sept. 15)
- South side of 17 Avenue between 4 Street and 5 Street S.W. (to get underway the last week of September)
- Additional areas on the south side of 17 Avenue west of 11 Street, as the construction season permits
Two-way vehicle traffic and pedestrian access to all businesses on 17 Avenue will be maintained at all times while work is underway.
Sidewalk repairs and streetscape improvements: 2023 & 2024
The City will be undertaking sidewalk and streetscape improvements along 17 Avenue S.W., from 2 to 14 Street S.W. Work is expected to begin in late April 2023 and will include:
- Sidewalk rehabilitation from 2 Street to 14 Street S.W.
- Toplift paving from 2 Street to 8 Street S.W.
- Rehabilitation of concrete tree boxes from 2 Street to 14 Street S.W.
- General streetscape improvements from 2 Street to 14 Street S.W.
This work will be phased over two years (2023 & 2024) to limit impacts to drivers, pedestrians and businesses. Construction will be completed in sections along the south side of the avenue in 2023, before moving to the north side in 2024.
Sidewalk repair details
The sidewalk work is focused on replacement of cracked and damaged sections of city sidewalk along 17 Avenue, about two rows back from the curb. Additional damaged areas will also be replaced as warranted. In order to minimize project costs and expedite construction, the new sidewalks are paved in standard grey color only.
The area in front of buildings are typically on private property (reaching about five to ten feet out from building fronts, depending on the location along the avenue). It is the responsibility of individual property owners to repair or replace this area to match the sidewalk replacement work.
Sidewalk work is generally moving from east to west, from 2 Street to 14 Street S.W. over 2023 and 2024 to minimize impacts to events, businesses and community members, as well as accommodate The City’s expanded business patio program. Sidewalk work is being completed on the south side of the avenue in 2023, before moving to the north side in 2024. Certain sections of sidewalk replacements on the south side of the avenue are being temporarily paused to accommodate other city work (for example, an emergency sewer line replacement by 2 Street S.W. and other private developments underway along the avenue (McDonald’s redevelopment by 14 Street S.W. and Arlington development by 7 Street S.W.). These areas will be later repaired by The City, or by agreement with the developer.
Work completed in 2017 between Macleod Trail and 2 Street S.W. in the sidewalk zone required full replacement, as installing utility service lines into every property in this section required full removal of the original sidewalk.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why are there times when no crews are actively working within a construction zone?
Construction happens in multiple phases and is often completed by more than one specialized contractor or trade. As with all types of construction, certain work must be completed before other types of work can take place.
While every effort is made to align contractors and maintain work within construction zones at all times, factors such as weather, underground conditions or crew, material and equipment availability can impact workflow and scheduling.
In order to protect the work area and ensure the safety of pedestrians and drivers, safety barriers and detours may be left in place when crews are not active on site (for instance, outside of work hours or between work phases). Maintaining barriers also helps to expedite construction when crews arrive, by reducing the time required to set up the work zone.
The City is investing in the future of 17 Avenue between Macleod Trail and 14 Street S.W. We're upgrading the utilities, rebuilding the road and improving the area for pedestrians so 17 Avenue can continue to be a vibrant, great space for everyone to enjoy.
Key areas of focus are:
- Rebuilding the road, including a new road design that's safer and more predictable, based on an In-Service Road Safety Review
- Improving crosswalks and intersections for those on foot, including curb extensions on side streets
- Upgrading water and sanitary utilities for current and future development
- Improving sidewalks- new sidewalks and repairs, burying utility lines, LED lighting, sitting areas and new trees
- Upgrading telecommunications, power and gas utilities
- Widening sidewalks and improving the public realm streetscape areas
All major road and utility reconstruction was completed in 2019, with most sections of top-lift paving completed in 2021 & 2022. Remaining sidewalk and streetscape improvements, as well as final areas of toplift paving are scheduled to begin in spring 2023.
Plan view of 17 Avenue S., between Macleod Trail and 14 Street S.W.
14/15 Avenue one-ways
The one-way detours along 14 and 15 Avenues will remain in their current configuration while The City conducts public engagement and traffic analysis to understand which design is best for the community.
View 14 & 15 Avenue Mobility Improvements for more information.
Past information sessions
Since spring 2015, we've been talking with people who live, work and travel in the area about paving the way for a better 17 Avenue S. You may not have been part of the conversation since the beginning, but feel free to familiarize yourself with how the project has evolved over the past few years.
Check out the information that we've displayed and discussed at previous open houses and information sessions.
March 16 and 18, 2023
June 7, 2018
The information session on June 7, 2018 provided an update on the project and the 2018 construction season.
April 4 and April 7, 2018
Two information sessions were held on April 4 and 7, 2018 to provide an update on the project and the 2018 construction season. The information display boards from the presentations are here:
- 17th Ave S.W. Open house board - Map A-1
- 17th Ave S.W. Open house board - Map A-2
- 17th Ave S.W. Open house board - Map A-3
- 17th Ave S.W. Open house board - Map A-4
- 17th Ave S.W. Open house board - Map A-5
- 17th Ave S.W. Open house board - Map A-6
- 17th Ave S.W. Open house board - Map B-1
- 17th Ave S.W. Open house board - Map B-2
- Road & utility reconstruction:
Spring 2017 - Winter 2019 – COMPLETE
- Road top lift paving:
- Macleod Trail to 2 Street
Fall 2021 – COMPLETE
- 8 to 14 Street
Fall 2022 – COMPLETE
- Macleod Trail to 2 Street
- Completion of sidewalk construction:
Spring 2023 – fall 2024
- Completion of top lift paving (2 to 8 Street):
Please note: Construction activities are dependent on several factors. Timelines could change due to inclement weather and/or other unexpected circumstances. Schedule updates will be provided regularly.