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Inglewood / Ramsay area projects

The City is investing in one of Calgary's oldest neighbourhoods to keep it safe, beautiful and vibrant. 
 

Project Update

New to the community – Ramsay Inclusive Playground!

Through a partnership with Parks Foundation, The City of Calgary, Variety Alberta and the Ramsay Community Association, a brand new inclusive playground located on the corner of Macdonald Avenue and Bellevue Avenue S.E. is now open!

An inclusive playground goes beyond minimum accessibility standards to provide an environment where children (and citizens) of all abilities and needs can interact. In an inclusive playground, children, families, and caretakers can play together in the same space, regardless of ability, needs, age, gender, culture, or race.

The new playground (see photo below) features two play spaces with inclusively designed play equipment, ample seating, fencing along the south side and unparalleled views of the city skyline!

For more information, please visit https://www.parksfdn.com/ramsay-inclusive-playground.

Important closure and construction information

9 Ave S.E. route improvements (15 St to 20 St S.E.) - Construction update

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.

Reopening of the East Elbow River Pathway under the CP bridge

The east Elbow river pathway under the Canadian Pacific (CP) tracks was temporarily closed to accommodate construction of the CP Rail bridge. With the construction of the CP Rail bridge complete, the east Elbow River pathway under the CP Rail tracks has been paved and restored, and is now officially re-opened for people walking and wheeling.

The west Elbow River pathway along 7 Street S.E. will be re-opened once construction of the 9 Avenue S.E. bridge is complete in spring 2022. Information on detour routes is available below.

We thank you for your patience throughout construction. For more information, visit calgary.ca/9ave.

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/rail-projects-near-you; or email: community_connect@cpr.ca  or call 1-800-766-7912.

7 Street S.E. from 9 Ave. to MacDonald Ave. – Permanently closed

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

8 Avenue S.E. and 9 Street S.E. Now open – Construction Update

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.

8 Street S.E. at the CP crossing of 9 Avenue S.E. - Permanently closed

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.

Use this map to help find your new route.

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.

Our commitment

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

I'm concerned about traffic speeds and congestion.

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.

What is the parking strategy for the area?

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.

What is the status of the Historic East Calgary Communities Local Area Plan?

Summer 2021 update

The draft Inglewood and Ramsay Local Area plan has been updated based on feedback we received during the last round of engagement. 

After carefully considering the comments the project team received through the public engagement on certainty for the Heritage Conservation Tools and Incentives work in commercial areas, we are revisiting the timing and scope of the Historic East Calgary Communities Local Area Plan (LAP).

We want to acknowledge the considerable effort citizens have contributed to the LAP. We will update this project webpage with the revised draft LAP, for record, based on the public engagement that occurred.

Moving forward, the LAP will be on pause. Administration will continue to review development applications submitted through our Corporate Planning Applications Group.

To keep update on the next steps for the Historic East Calgary Communities Local Area Plan, please visit https://engage.calgary.ca/GreenLineCommunities/IR.

Why did the City choose to install a traffic signal at 8 Ave and 12 St SE?

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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