26 Avenue S.W. improvements

Project update - March 2023

In 2022, we updated three intersections between Sarcee Trail and 37 Street S.W. These intersections were identified through community feedback, traffic volumes, historical data, and more. Upgrades include concrete curb extensions, upgraded wheelchair ramps, and completing existing sidewalk gaps to increase comfort and connectivity. Curb extensions are the most effective way to make sharing the road a safer and more predictable experience for everyone. They also help control speed in areas that have many pedestrians.

In 2023, we will have conversations with community members to further understand their perspectives and values regarding improvements to 26 Avenue S.W. between 37 Street and 14 Street S.W. Following those conversations, we will finalize a concept for this part of the corridor to enhance mobility, connectivity, and safety.

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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. 

Your input

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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