26 Avenue S.W. improvements
Project update - July 2023
In Summer 2021, we asked for your input on 26 Avenue S.W. between Sarcee Trail and 14 Street S.W.
In 2022, as part of Phase 1, three intersections were updated between Sarcee Trail and 37 Street S.W. to improve pedestrian and traffic safety. Upgrades included concrete curb extensions, upgraded wheelchair ramps, and completing existing sidewalk gaps.
In 2023, as part of Phase 2, we developed three proposed options for 26 Avenue S.W. between 37 Street and 14 Street S.W. The relevant feedback from the 2021 engagement, in addition to City policies and technical data, was used to guide the options we are proposing for Phase 2.
From June 1 to 22, we asked for your feedback on the safety and mobility improvements being considered to provide a safe street for everyone including those walking, wheeling, driving, and taking transit.
Thank you to everyone who provided their feedback. The Phase 2 What We Heard Report is now available.
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About the project
This project is part of the Established Area Growth and Change Strategy. This program provides funding to support short-term (1-3 years) public space improvement projects in established communities where growth and change are happening.
The Strategy connects planning, financial and investment decisions to provide the assistance that established communities need to support growth that is currently taking place.
We are making changes to 26 Avenue S.W. between Sarcee Trail and 14 Street S.W. to improve public spaces and enhance connections for people walking, wheeling, and taking transit. 26 Avenue S.W. connects eight communities, including nine schools and over 50 businesses.
The City engaged the public to collect feedback on both 26 Avenue S.W. & Buckmaster Park over Summer 2021. Due to COVID-19, most engagement efforts were virtual, resulting in 3,921 citizen visits to our Engage website and a total of 350 contributions. From this feedback, we compiled a What We Heard Report.
We heard from participants that the road is used frequently as a commuter corridor for school, work, errands, and recreational activities. There were concerns about the state of the road, sidewalks, and visibility at certain intersections making it difficult for people walking, cycling and driving to see clearly when trying to cross.
We heard about the need for more crosswalks, improved infrastructure, and to ensure attention is paid to multiple modes of transportation. Results from the engagement can be found later in this report.
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