East Central – Phase 2

Project update – September 21, 2022

Construction on 19 Avenue S.E. is now underway.  This includes construction of new curbs and gutters, installation of new sections of pathways and sidewalks. The corridor will also be re-paved following construction.

Road closures
As with all road construction projects, temporary localized impacts are inevitable. To ensure crews can complete construction safely and efficiently this year, temporary road and intersection closures will be necessary. Local detours will be in place during these closures to allow local vehicle and pedestrian access and for traffic to flow through the area.

Project zones
To limit these construction-related impacts to the community, we have divided the corridor into 11 work zones so that only small portions of 19 Avenue S.E. will be impacted at any given time.

19 Avenue S.E. – Construction status by zone

Zone Current status Impacts

Zone 1

19 Ave. S.E.

(26 to 27 St. S.E.)

Road construction and paving are complete.

Zone 2

19 Ave. S.E.

(27 to 30 St. S.E.)

Road construction and paving are complete.

Zone 3

19 Ave. S.E.

(30 to 33 St. S.E.)

Road construction and paving are complete.

Zone 4

19 Ave. S.E.

(33 to 36 St. S.E.)

Road construction and paving are complete.

Zone 5

19 Ave. S.E.

(36 to 38 St. S.E.)

Road construction and paving are complete. There will be intermittent closures for repairs until the end of September.

There will be intermittent road closures. Detours will be in place so you can still travel through the area.

Zone 6

19 Ave. S.E.

(38 to 40 St. S.E.)

Road construction and paving are complete. There will be intermittent closures for repairs until the end of September.

There will be intermittent road closures. Detours will be in place so you can still travel through the area.

Zone 7

19 Ave. S.E.

(40 to 42 St. S.E.)

Road construction and paving are complete. There will be intermittent closures for repairs until the end of September.

There will be intermittent road closures. Detours will be in place so you can still travel through the area.

Zone 8

19 Ave. S.E.

(42 to 44 St. S.E.)

Road construction and paving are complete. There will be intermittent closures for repairs until the end of September.

There will be intermittent road closures. Detours will be in place so you can still travel through the area.

Zone 9

19 Ave. S.E.

(44 to 47 St. S.E.)

Road construction and paving are complete. There will be intermittent closures for repairs until the end of September.

44 to 46 St S.E. will be closed from Monday, September 19 to Friday, September 30. Detours will be in place.

There will be intermittent road closures. Detours will be in place so you can still travel through the area.

Zone 10

19 Ave. S.E.

(47 to 48 St. S.E.)

48 St. S.E.

(19 to 20 Ave. S.E.)

Road construction and paving are complete. There will be intermittent closures for repairs until the end of September.

There will be intermittent road closures. Detours will be in place so you can still travel through the area.

Zone 11

20 Ave. S.E.

(48 to 52 St. S.E.)

Road construction and paving are complete.

Thank you for your patience as we implement the East Central – Phase 2 improvements this year.

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Project overview

The City of Calgary is working to make our city more liveable by improving access and connectivity for people who walk, wheel and drive along 19 Avenue S.E. and 28 Street S.E. These corridor improvement projects are a continuation of the East Central Complete Street Network Project.

Phase 1 is complete. It included the start of a wheeling network, pedestrian enhancements and intersection improvements along Marlborough Way N.E., 40 Street S.E., 8 Avenue S.E. and 10 Avenue S.E. 

Phase 2 consists of an east-west route along 19 Avenue S.E. (including a section along 20 Avenue S.E.) and a north-south route along 28 Street S.E. Phase 2 focusses on adding sidewalks, accessibility, traffic calming, improving pedestrian crossings, reviewing traffic controls and adding wheeling facilities along the following corridors:

19 Avenue S.E.

  • 19 Avenue S.E. between 26 and 48 Street S.E.
  • 48 Street S.E. between 19 and 20 Avenue S.E.
  • 20 Avenue S.E. between 48 and 52 Street S.E.

28 Street S.E. (Completed in 2021)

  • From Radcliffe Drive S.E. (Franklin LRT station) to 19 Avenue S.E. (17 Avenue BRT Station)

The detailed designs can be viewed here:

Note: The 19 Avenue S.E. work will include planned repaving.

The City’s Complete Streets program considers the needs of all road users, including age, physical ability and equity. Improvements under the program will benefit everyone by providing transportation options that allow people to walk, wheel and take transit.

Project goals

  • Improving safety and predictability of road use by providing dedicated facilities for all users, traffic calming, and improving key intersections.
  • Providing a wheeling network connection to support local and regional travel.
  • Supporting pedestrian travel by building missing infrastructure and adding curb extensions.
  • Promoting slower vehicle speeds by narrowing the width of the road.

Here are some of the improvements we are implementing:

  • Addition of missing sidewalks and upgrades to existing substandard sidewalks
  • Installation of dedicated wheeling lanes – both protected on-street and off-street facilities
  • New permanent curb extensions, reducing the width of the road
  • A new traffic signal at 19 Avenue & 36 Street S.E. (completed in 2021)

These features will improve safety and predictability of road use, provide a wheeling network connection to support local and regional travel, and support pedestrian access.

Construction impacts

Construction on 28 Street S.E. was completed in 2021.

Construction on 19 Avenue S.E. started in 2021 and is anticipated to take two seasons to complete. Work is being completed in stages so that not all of 19 Avenue S.E. is under construction at the same time. 

Some properties (both commercial and residential) will have temporary impacts due to construction activities.

If there will be impacts to your property, we will notify you in advance so that you know what those impacts are and approximately how long we anticipate your property will be impacted.

There will be a reduction of parking along 19 Avenue S.E.

Engagement

Online public engagement occurred in August 2020. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback. Learn more by reading the What We Heard report.

Due to COVID-19, there were some impacts to stakeholder engagement for this project. As The City was not able to hold in-person engagement sessions in summer 2020, the East Central Phase 2 project team worked closely with several community stakeholder groups to encourage and facilitate online participation. 

Visit the East Central – Phase 2 engagement page to see the design concepts that were presented during engagement.

FAQs

General FAQs

What is the project scope?

The City is making improvements along the 19 Avenue S.E. and 28 Street S.E. corridors. 

The 19 Avenue S.E. corridor includes the following sections:

  • 19 Avenue S.E. between 26 and 48 Street S.E.
  • 48 Street S.E. between 19 and 20 Avenue S.E.
  • 20 Avenue S.E. between 48 and 52 Street S.E.
The 28 Street S.E. corridor is from the Franklin LRT Station at Radcliffe Drive to the 17 Avenue BRT Station. Construction on this corridor was completed in 2021.

This map shows an overview of the corridors.

What improvements are being implemented along these corridors?

We are making 19 Avenue S.E. and 28 Street S.E. friendly for people who walk, wheel (bike, scoot, etc.) and drive.

Concepts were presented to stakeholders to obtain feedback during the engagement phase in August 2020. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback. Visit the East Central – Phase 2 engagement page to see the designs presented during engagement and to read the What We Heard report.

Construction began in 2021. When construction is complete, you can look forward to:

  • Addition of missing sidewalks 
  • Installation of dedicated wheeling lanes – both protected on-street and off-street facilities
  • New permanent curb extensions at intersections 
  • A new traffic signal at 19 Avenue & 36 Street S.E. (completed in 2021)

View the detailed plans here:

What do curb extensions do?

A curb extension reduces crossing distance for pedestrians at crosswalks and intersections. It allows pedestrians and drivers to see each other when parked cars would otherwise block visibility. Curb extensions increase the likelihood that drivers will stop for someone waiting to walk across the road. Curb extensions also alert drivers to changing road conditions and encourage lower speeds when travelling through an intersection or turning right by narrowing the road.

What is a wheeling facility?

A wheeling facility (also called a cycle track, cycle path or cycle lane) is a lane separated from other modes of traffic. Providing separate facilities for those who wheel, walk or drive and makes sharing the road a more safe and predictable experience for everyone.

How will the removal of street parking impact the 19 Avenue S.E. and 28 Street S.E. corridors?

To implement improvements on 19 Avenue S.E.,  there will be some loss of parking spaces along portions of the corridors. 

Studies completed indicate that parking along these two corridors is significantly under-utilized. Even with parking removals required for the plans, excess street parking will still be available along the study corridors as well as along adjacent streets. 

When street parking is under-utilized, such as it is along 19 Avenue S.E. and 28 Street S.E., the road appears wider and this encourages speeding. Removing some excess street parking and using the space to build missing sidewalk, wheeling lanes and curb extensions will narrow the road, encourage lower speeds and improve safety for all road users.

Construction FAQs

When will construction occur?

Construction began in August 2021. 28 Street S.E. was completed in 2021.

Although construction is always weather-dependent, we anticipate finishing 19 Avenue S.E. in 2022. 

How will The City minimize impacts to the community?

As with all road construction projects, temporary localized impacts are inevitable, but we are making all efforts to minimize the disruption to residents, businesses and those who walk, wheel or drive through the area.

To limit these construction-related impacts to the community, we have divided the corridor into 11 work zones so that only small sections of 19 Avenue S.E. will be impacted at any given time. 

Will there be road closures during construction?

For crews to complete construction safely and efficiently, there will be road closures along 19 Avenue S.E. The work will be conducted in stages so that only small sections the corridor will be closed at any given time. Local detours will be in place during these closures to allow local vehicle and pedestrian access and for traffic to flow through the area.

My property is adjacent to the construction. How will the construction impact me?

When we are adding and making improvements to road infrastructure, it is inevitable that there will be some temporary impacts to adjacent property owners. We don’t like causing temporary disruptions, so we do our best to keep your inconvenience to a minimum.

We are currently assessing potential impacts for all properties along 19 Avenue S.E.

If your property is identified to have temporary impacts during construction, we will contact you in advance to provide you with more information. You can also email the project team or contact 311

Engagement FAQs

How can I provide my feedback?

Stakeholder engagement occurred August 4-28, 2020. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback. Visit the East Central – Phase 2 engagement page to see the designs we engaged stakeholders on and to read the What We Heard report. For any additional questions or concerns, email the project team or contact 311

How did The City use my feedback?

When we design improvements for corridors such as 19 Avenue S.E. and 28 Street S.E., we value all stakeholder input. Stakeholder feedback, technical requirements and project funding are among the factors considered when developing final designs. 

The detailed designs can be viewed here:

Project timelines

  • July 2020 – preliminary design work
  • August 2020 – public engagement
  • Fall 2020 – design concept completed, incorporating what we heard during public engagement
  • Spring 2021 – detailed designs shared with the community
  • Summer 2021 – construction started
  • Fall 2021 – 28 Street S.E. construction completed.
  • Winter 2021 – 2022 construction season planning
  • Spring 2022 – construction resumes on 19 Avenue S.E. *We are here*
  • End of 2022 – construction completion (anticipated)
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