144 Avenue N.W. Improvements - Sage Hill Drive to 24 Street N.W.

Project updates - July 2022

Symons Valley Road & 144 Avenue N.W. intersection closure

Underground utility installations have been progressing at the intersection of Symons Valley Road and 144 Avenue N.W. The intersection will remain closed until approximately the end of August to facilitate this work.

A temporary detour road is available on the east side of the intersection to maintain access for southbound and northbound traffic on Symons Valley Road N.W. One lane is available in each direction.

There will be no access to 144 Avenue N.W. from southbound or northbound Symons Valley Road during this time.

144 Avenue N.W. will also be closed between Sage Hill Drive and Symons Valley Road N.W., with local access only.

Access to Symons Valley Ranch will be maintained via detour routes.

Please see the detour map for more information.

Weekend and/or evening construction may take place to ensure work is completed as efficiently as possible. The project team will work hard to minimize impacts to travellers, however delays are expected. Please follow all detour and construction signage posted in the area, including speed reductions.

Regular updates will be posted on this page and shared via the email newsletter throughout construction.

To assist you in better understanding the scope of the project, please watch the video below.

Project overview

The City of Calgary will be undertaking significant roadway improvements in the 144 Avenue N.W. area. Construction will begin in spring 2022 for an extension of 144 Avenue N.W. from 24 Street N.W. (Panorama Road), through Symons Valley Road to Sage Hill Drive N.W.

The project will include:

  • 1.2km of new arterial roadway;
  • a bridge crossing over West Nose Creek;
  • an expansion to the multi-use pathway system further linking to the 5A cycle network; and
  • improvements to the transportation network and connectivity in the area for all modes of travel

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Project background

From 2018 - 2020, The City completed a Functional Planning Study for 144 Ave. N.W. to look at the general design and location of the road between Symons Valley Road N.W. and Panorama Road N.W., including the West Nose Creek crossing and the eventual realignment of Symons Valley Road onto Mountain View Road.

Near the northwestern edge of Calgary, 144 Ave. N.W. is an arterial street located between the rapidly developing communities of Evanston, Nolan Hill, and Sage Hill, and major skeletal roads including Sarcee Trail, Shaganappi Trail and Symons Valley Road. Planned to be the only continuous east-west connection north of Stoney Trail, 144 Ave. N.W. will provide an important link for all modes of transportation into the future.

Current and future development of communities and land adjacent to 144 Ave. N.W., such as within the Glacier Ridge Area Structure Plan (ASP), has prioritized the need for The City to improve the transportation network in the area. There is also a strong future need to facilitate east-west transit connectivity between adjacent communities and the future Green Line LRT running along Centre Street.

Visit the engagement page for information on the public engagement throughout the Functional Planning Study.

The environment

The City is working closely with environmental experts and consultants to mitigate potential environmental impacts. We are mindful of the important bio-diversity and natural features in this area and will incorporate these considerations as we plan for and complete design and construction.

In order to minimize both capital cost and future operation/maintenance costs of the bridge, The City plans to relocate a portion of West Nose Creek. This relocation is a common procedure which has been successfully implemented as part of other infrastructure projects. We are planning this procedure in a way that absolutely conserves and maintains the integrity of the natural area.

Site ceremony

On April 1, 2022 project team members from The City of Calgary, ISL Engineering and Graham Construction participated in a ceremony with representatives from the Siksika Nation and Blood Tribe at the 144 Avenue N.W. site.

Members of the Blood Tribe and Siksika Nation led traditional blessings, acknowledging the spiritual significance of the land and praying for a safe and successful project. Following the ceremony, the project's archaeologist led a site orientation for construction crews. This included an overview of the types of historical items to watch for and the process to follow should anything be found.

We thank the Blood Tribe and Siksika Nation for their participation and support as we begin the 144 Avenue N.W. project.

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Project timeline

  • Finalize engineering design: Spring/Summer2021
  • Construction tender; hire contractor; plan/schedule construction: Summer 2021
  • Construction:¬†Spring 2022 to fall 2024
  • Project Substantial Completion: Fall 2024

Please note: Construction Activities are dependent on several factors. Timelines could change due to inclement weather, underground conditions and/or other unexpected circumstances. Schedule updates will be provided.

Project area

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For more information, please contact the project team at 144AveNW@calgary.ca

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