West 17 Avenue Main Street

Project update - December 2022

Work on the 17 Avenue Main Street project is complete for the season, and we want to thank you for your patience as we’ve been building a new west 17 Avenue main street. This season most of the work was focused east of 29 Street S.W. and completing the work on the bridge over Crowchild Trail.

Now that we’re moving into the winter months and construction is mostly complete, residents are reminded you are responsible for clearing snow on sidewalks adjacent to your property. More information on this can be found at calgary.ca/snow.

Next spring there will be some minor concrete, paving and landscaping work that crews will complete. We do not anticipate any significant impacts to residents and businesses in the area while this work is happening. For the landscaping that is in place now, The City will continue to monitor its health over the next two years.

Project Scope

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?

Project background

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.

Past Engagement

Timeline

  • Spring 2022 – Construction starts
  • Spring 2023 – project completion

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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 values

Main Streets are resilient, adaptable, and attractive places that support:

  • Character & Identity
    Create a street that establishes a unique sense of place and offers memorable experiences for both residents and visitors. 
  • Social & Healthy lifestyle
    Create a family-friendly and safe street environment that focuses on promoting sense of community. 
  • Mobility & Functionality
    Achieve a balance of multi-modal transportation options with a focus on friendly and inclusive design. 
  • Economic vitality
    Street improvements promote economic vitality by encouraging redevelopment opportunities and promoting investment.

This information has no legal status and cannot be used as an official interpretation of the various bylaws, codes and regulations currently in effect. The City of Calgary accepts no responsibility to persons relying solely on this information. Web pages are updated periodically. ​

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