West 17 Avenue Main Street
Project update - November 2022
Over the next two weeks crews will be wrapping up construction along 17 Avenue. Residents and businesses will see construction pylons, and barricades being removed, lane closures and detours removed. We want to thank businesses and residents for your patience as we have been working to create a new 17 Avenue main street.
Crews will return next spring for some concrete and paving work, as well as landscape work in the area.
Now that we’re moving into the winter months and construction is mostly complete, residents are reminded they are responsible for clearing snow on sidewalks adjacent to their property.
The City has developed streetscape master plans for 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:
- Curb extensions and signal upgrades to improve pedestrian crossings.
- Sidewalk improvements.
- Enhanced landscaping; including increasing the urban tree canopy.
- Wider sidewalks on both sides of the bridge over Crowchild Trail at 17 Avenue.
- Water and sanitary main upgrades on 17 Avenue between 28 Street and 26 Street, and on 26 Street between 17 Avenue and Bow Trail
- Utility upgrades.
- Curb extensions at four intersection near the Alexander Ferguson School as part of the Community Mobility Initiative program.
What will 17 Avenue look like?
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 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. 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 17 Avenue S.W. a destination that will support existing and new local businesses.
- Improved connections to park spaces and amenities.
- Killarney-Glengarry Area Redevelopment Plan
- Richmond Area Redevelopment Plan
- Strategize Phase – Local Viewpoint Map (Crowchild Trail-37 Street) – 2015
- Strategize Phase – Local Viewpoint Map (14 Street-Crowchild Trail) – 2015
- Strategize Phase – Local Viewpoint Map (MacLeod Trail-14 Street) – 2015
- Planning Phase – What We Heard Report – 2016
- Planning Phase – Land Use Changes – May 2017
- Design Phase – What We Heard Report (Crowchild Trail-37 Street) – September 2018
- Design Phase - What We Heard Report - February 2019
- Design Phase - Streetscape Master Plan
Main Streets: https://engage.calgary.ca/mainstreets
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.