Downtown Flood Barrier & Eau Claire Promenade

Project update

The 2022 construction season is well underway. With the sheet pile installed for the Downtown Flood Barrier, we are moving forward with the hardscaping and landscaping in the area. The crews will continue building the retaining structures under Centre Street Bridge required to support the pathway underpass and create flood resiliency for the pathway. Deep and shallow utility work is expected along the pathway network to support infrastructure such as lighting.

Starting the week of June 6, we will close the 2 Street S.W. Bridge between Prince’s Island Park and the Bow River Pathway. The closure is required to complete the connection of the west and east sections of the Downtown Flood Barrier. Crews will be working on the utility connections, hardscaping, landscaping, lighting, and installing the stop-log sections required for the Downtown Flood Barrier and Eau Claire Promenade. The work is expected to last until Fall 2022.

Construction will continue along the River Pathway and RiverWalk, and sections remain closed while crews work in the area, please use the Riverfront Avenue or 3 Avenue detours.

More information can be found on the Eau Claire Area Improvements construction and detours webpage.

Construction in Eau Claire

To ensure Calgarians can safely visit and enjoy the area, you will see construction fences, pathway detours, and construction activity in the Eau Claire, Bow River Pathway, and RiverWalk area. Please follow the signs.

For up-to-date information and more detail, please visit our construction and detours webpage. Our website will be updated throughout construction to keep you informed about getting around and what to expect in Eau Claire.

About the projects

Downtown Flood Barrier

Protecting Calgarians from floods is a top priority for our city, and we're doing so while enhancing the Eau Claire area at the same time. We're implementing flood mitigation measures from Calgary's Flood Resilience Plan approved by Council in 2017.  These include flood barriers and stormwater improvements to ensure Calgary is protected against a 2013-level flood on the Bow and Elbow Rivers. The Downtown Flood Barrier will extend from The Peace Bridge to Reconciliation Bridge and lower the risks of flooding in the downtown, Chinatown, East Village and Eau Claire communities. 

Eau Claire Promenade

The Eau Claire Promenade extends from The Peace Bridge eastwards to the Reconciliation Bridge. Our goal is to extend the work we did at West Eau Claire Park to create a safe, efficient and beautiful riverfront promenade and cycle network that integrates flood protection into a space that connects Calgary’s downtown with the Bow River.

Our goals for the Promenade focus on:

A space for the City and Community

  • Accommodate all users for all of Calgary
  • Connect people to the Bow River
  • Build a vibrant centre city riverfront
  • Design a diversity of social spaces for mental well-being
  • Promoting active, healthy lifestyles Incorporate strategies for year-round healthy, active lifestyles – a better space for walking, jogging, biking, etc.
  • Provide a continuous, safe and accessible riverfront promenade
  • Designate efficient pathways for safe alternate modes of transportation like scooters

Environmental Responsibility

  • Preserve the natural environment by protecting most of the existing trees and plants along the river
  • Achieve multiple cost benefits through durable and beautiful design solutions

Flood Protection and Resilience

  • Integrate flood protection into the public realm improvements
  • Increase resilience for Eau Claire, the Downtown Core and future infrastructure projects

Both the Downtown Flood Barrier and Eau Claire Promenade projects are coordinated with the overarching Eau Claire Area Improvements.

Renderings & progress images

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Budget

~$33 Million

Through the federal government's Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP), the Downtown Flood Barrier received funding under the Green Infrastructure stream. This is in addition to the funding from the Province of Alberta through the Alberta Community Resilience Program. Totaling 18 million for new flood protection for Downtown Calgary.

For a list of the ICIP funded projects in Alberta, see the list of Announced Federally Approved Projects.

Timeline

  • Design: COMPLETED
  • Remove trees and relocate utilities: COMPLETED
  • Hire contractor: COMPLETED
  • Mobilize to site: COMPLETE
  • Start of Construction: Summer 2021
  • Flood Wall installation: Fall 2021 – Summer 2022
  • Promenade Hardscaping and Landscaping: Spring 2022 – Fall 2023
  • Construction Completion: Fall 2023

*Construction is dependent on weather, site conditions and timing of other projects in the area. Updates will be provided regularly, but dates may change.

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Past events

April 13, 2019

October 5, 2019

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