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16 Avenue N.W./29 Street Pedestrian Overpass

Project update - July 2024

Construction began in December 2023 and is scheduled for completion in Winter 2024.

On July 11 the main span truss sections were delivered and unloaded on-site.

Work to prepare and install the truss will be completed in stages in July and August. This work will include partial closures and a full closure of 16 Avenue at 29 Street N.W., as detailed below.

Anticipated construction timeline and closures
Details Stage 1: Preparation Stage 2: Lift bridge truss into place Stage 3: Installation

Anticipated Schedule* 

Mid- July

Third week of August

End of August

Closure Details

16 Avenue Westbound intermittent single lane closure.

Full closure of 16 Avenue during night hours.

Series of Eastbound and Westbound double lane closures of 16 Avenue during night hours.

Duration

Approximately 3 weeks

One night

Approximately 1 week

* The anticipated schedule is subject to change depending on factors such as complexity, weather, supply chain, and access.

Construction Impacts

  • An increase in on-site activity including construction crews, vehicles and equipment.
  • Delayed and detoured traffic in the area.
  • Pathway and sidewalk detours and closures.
  • Increased noise, vibrations and dust. Noise levels will be monitored.

Maintaining Emergency Access

During road closures emergency vehicle access to the Foothills Medical Center will be maintained. Calgary Police will be on-site during the full closure of 16 Avenue N.W. to direct and maintain emergency vehicle access.

Use of The LB 30 Unplugged Drilling Rig

This project is utilizing the LB 30 Unplugged Drilling Rig. This is a new battery-powered, zero emission drilling rig that represents the latest technology to date in electrically powered rigs. This project marks the first time that this drilling rig is being used in Canada.

The 16 Avenue N.W./ 29 Street (Stadium) Pedestrian Bridge will cross over 16 Avenue N.W. (Trans-Canada Highway). It will be located adjacent to several Major Activity Centres. The bridge supports pedestrian access and creates connections in the community and provides a link to the Crosstown Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) network.

The area improvements related to the pedestrian bridge support the current activity and future growth in population and employment in the N.W. Hub area, including the Foothills Medical Centre (FMC), Calgary Cancer Centre and the UXBorough Development.

The goals and key benefits of the bridge include:

  • Provide a connection to the network of regional pathways, 
  • Facilitate pedestrian and cycling movement across 16 Avenue,
  • Provide access to the north crosstown BRT,
  • Facilitate access to UXBorough (Stadium) development, and 
  • Facilitate access to Foothills Medical Centre.
16 Avenue N.W. overpass at 29 Street N.W. For illustration purposes only.

Background & Considerations

A 2016 Feasibility Study recommended construction of a pedestrian bridge across 16 Avenue NW between the future Stadium redevelopment and the future New Calgary Cancer Centre. Since 2016, the site and conditions of the site has changed due to the following:

  • The design of the New Calgary Cancer Centre is complete. Construction is under way.
  • The UXBorough Development (Stadium) plans are complete. Construction is under way.
  • The construction of the Crosstown BRT is complete. 

Building an accessible overpass will connect the facilities (medical, BRT, pathway, and development) on the north and south sides of 16 Avenue NW. It will be a vital component to creating a comfortable and safer crossing for pedestrians.

Timeline

  • Bridge Feasibility Study: Complete (2016)
  • Preliminary Design: Complete (2022)
  • Detailed Design: Complete (2023)
  • Procurement and award contractor: Complete (2023)
  • Construction Start: December 2023
  • Construction Completion: Winter 2024

* Updates will be provided regularly and dates may change without notice.  Construction is dependent on weather, site conditions and timing of other projects in the area. 

Budget

$15 million

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