Inglewood / Ramsay area projects
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Important closure and construction information
At Blackfoot Trail S.E. and 15 Street S.E., ENMAX, Shaw and TELUS will be working in this area until the end of April.
This includes a significant amount of work along 15 Street S.E. between 9 Avenue S. and Blackfoot Trail, as well as, along Blackfoot Trail just south of Crossroads Market.
For more information, please visit calgary.ca/greenline.
Crews have finished the following construction work on 9 Avenue S.E.:
- Completed the signal and concrete work including curb extensions and ramps at 9 Avenue and 15 Street S.E.
- Completed the pavement painting on 9 Avenue S.E. between 19 Street and 20 Street S.E.
Good news, Inglewood. The construction work for 9 Avenue S.E. between 15 Street and 20 Street S.E. is now completed in this area. Thank you for your patience and cooperation during construction.
Benefits to the community
We have made these changes to 9 Avenue S.E. to improve the safety and mobility for people who bike, walk and drive in the Inglewood community.
For more information, please visit calgary.ca/9aveimprovements.
Canadian Pacific is installing a second rail bridge
CP is installing a second bridge over the Elbow River adjacent to and south of the existing rail bridge between 7 Street S.E. and 8 Street S.E. Bridge construction is planned for 2020, with additional work on CP property in 2021.
Closure of east Elbow River pathway
The City has closed the east Elbow River pathway under the CP tracks for the construction of the CP rail bridge. Pathway detour maps are now posted near the closure and online. People walking in the area can use the pathway detour option that include 11 Street/12 Street S.E. Use the pathway detour maps below to see how you can continue to travel between Ramsay and Inglewood.
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Will more tracks mean more rail traffic?
CP's bridge reconfiguration will improve rail traffic flow through Alyth Yard, enabling CP to process trains more efficiently. CP's rail traffic and train frequency fluctuates with the needs of its customers.
More information on Canadian Pacific rail bridge project
For more information on Canadian Pacific’s rail bridge project, please visit their website at: https://www.cpr.ca/en/community/living-near-the-railway/rail-projects-near-you ; or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-766-7912.
7 St. S.E. and the west Elbow River pathway, from 9 Ave. to MacDonald Ave. S.E, was closed on April 8, 2019, to accommodate construction as part of the 9 Ave. S.E. Bridge replacement project.
Following completion of this project, 7 St. S.E. will remain permanently closed. The West Elbow River pathway along 7 St. S.E. will be re-opened for pedestrians and cyclists once construction is complete.
This decision has been made based on a thorough review of the area by The City, including consideration of the Beltline Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP) and CMLC’s Rivers District Master Plan, which support closing 7 St. S.E. to vehicle traffic to enhance the safety and experience of those who walk and wheel along this route.
Community and business access for all modes of travel will continue to be available as outlined in this map.
For details, visit Calgary.ca/9AveBridge
Construction of Phase 1 of the Inglewood Sanitary Trunk project is complete. The intersection at 8 Avenue and 9 Street S.E. is now open.
Thank you to residents for their patience during construction.
For more information, please visit calgary.ca/IST.
In order to move this project forward, through land negotiations and to accommodate Canadian Pacific Railway operations and reconfiguration, The City closed 8 Street S.E. at the CP crossing south of 9 Avenue S.E. permanently on January 15, 2020. 8 Street S.E. is now closed to all vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.
New route options include:
- Pedestrians: Due to the closure of the Elbow River Pathway on the east side of the Elbow River, use 4 St SE and 11/12 St SE to connect to north and southbound 8 Street S.E.
- Cyclists: Due to the closure of the Elbow River Pathway on the east side of the Elbow River, use 4 St SE and 11/12 St SE to connect to north and southbound 8 Street S.E.
- Motorists: Use MacDonald Avenue bridge to 12 Avenue S.E. to Olympic Way.
Or use Southbound 8 Street S.E. to 21 Avenue to 11/12 Street S.E.
We’ve answered some additional questions you may have about this closure and how it might impact the communities of Ramsay and Inglewood.
For more information, visit calgary.ca/greenline.
From replacing 100 year old bridges to building new park spaces, we're committed to:
- Improving connections in to and out of Inglewood and Ramsay, whether you travel by foot, bus, bike or car.
- Ensuring safe, reliable exits to protect the communities in the event of an emergency.
- Building on the character of the communities to create great spaces to live, work, play, and shop.
Together, these projects will support your communities in the near future, and for years to come.
Here's what we've heard from you
- You want to feel safe moving through your community by foot, bike, bus or car
- You celebrate your communities' character, charm and natural beauty, and want to see it maintained
- You want reliable exits in case of emergency
View the results of our community surveys to see what your neighbours said about living in and getting around Inglewood and Ramsay.
FAQ - Traffic, Parking and Development
The City has heard concerns about traffic speeds and congestion from the community. Current traffic and safety conditions on 9 Avenue S.E. are within an average and acceptable range, compared to similar streets in Calgary. (See the results of our traffic studies here and here) We recognize that the data doesn't necessarily reflect the experience of the people travelling the area on a regular basis, and we've heard from you that you would appreciate a greater feeling of safety as a user of 9 Avenue S.E.
There are a number of solutions that we can explore to improve the sense of safety for users of 9 Avenue S.E., such as an upgraded pedestrian realm, new or improved pedestrian crossings, and narrowing lane widths to improve driver focus and slow traffic speed. Most of these items are currently unfunded but we will continue to look for opportunities to fund and implement these solutions.
The City is working on a cohesive parking strategy for the communities of Inglewood and Ramsay. We understand that on-street parking is important to both business owners and residents for the convenience of customers, friends and families who visit the communities. Off-street parking is also important to support those who work in the area and for people who want to spend a little more time exploring the neighbourhood's parks, shops and pathways.
As of Q2, 2018, The City has decided to merge the two draft Area Redevelopment Plans (ARPs) for Inglewood and Ramsay. Please visit the project engagement page for more information, including timelines and next steps.
The City has received numerous complaints/concerns from the community about pedestrian and cyclist safety at this intersection, which led to a study on whether an intervention was needed. From this study it was determined that there should be a control put in place to improve safety.
The decision to choose a full traffic signal over a pedestrian-activated beacon was based on traffic studies, best practices and safety, and had to consider how people use that intersection. While a flashing beacon would assist pedestrians, use of it by cyclists would require that to cross legally, they would need to dismount and cross as a pedestrian. Cyclists could cross the intersection as a vehicle by heeding the stop signs on 8 Avenue and crossing when safe to do so, but this would not alleviate concerns regarding cyclist safety and comfort.
Considering the various user groups at this intersection (pedestrians, cyclists, motorists) and the need to provide a safe and convenient intersection for all, a traffic signal was determined the most appropriate control device for this location.
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