Inglewood / Ramsay area projects
9 Avenue S.E. Bridge replacement project update
It’s been a busy summer construction season for the 9 Avenue S.E. bridge replacement project, with site preparations well underway for installation of the new bridge.
Over the past several months, crews have been focused on completing required work in the area surrounding the bridge, to prepare the site for installation of the new structure. This work includes road and sidewalk demolition, new stormwater infrastructure and other underground utility works east and west of the new bridge. Construction of concrete approach slabs is underway and the roadway will soon start to be reconstructed. See photos below of (1) concrete pump truck onsite for west approach slab pour and (2) finishing concrete on the roadway deck section.
Behind the scenes
In addition to construction on-site, work continues behind the scenes on the production of steel beams and concrete sidewalk planks. These components will be used for the installation of the new bridge, which is expected to start later in September.
For more information and updates on the project, please visit calgary.ca/9ave.
Important closure and construction information
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.
Work to relocate ENMAX and Shaw utilities to prepare the way for the Green Line on 11 Street S.E. between 20 Avenue S.E. and 21 Avenue S.E. continues. The ground conditions in the area have created some delays and the truck detour for Sofina Foods (use to be known as Lillydale) is now expected to end on July 28.
Work in the area will continue as Shaw begins preparations to move utilities. ATCO is also relocating a gas line in this area (the crossing of Canadian Pacific Rail at 20 Avenue S.E.).
This is expected to be completed by the end of July. There is currently a temporary on-street parking zone on 11 Street S.E. to accommodate parking for area businesses which will be removed upon completion of ATCO construction.
For more information, please visit calgary.ca/greenline.
Last year, we've heard from residents who have concerns about removing the speed cushions between 19 Street and 20 Street to accommodate bicycles, transit buses and emergency service vehicles. We would like you to know that we are no longer implementing this change. We have looked into other opportunities for work along this block that will improve the mobility for people travelling in the Inglewood community.
This summer, we are making the following road improvements to 9 Avenue S.E. between 15 Street to 20 Street S.E.:
- Completing the signal and concrete work including curb extensions and ramps at 9 Avenue and 15 Street S.E. Work will occur between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. until mid-August.
- In order to complete this work, the right turning lane for northbound travel at 15 Street S.E. and eastbound travel on 9 Avenue S.E. will be closed until mid-August, 2020.
- Completing pavement painting on 9 Avenue S.E. between 19 Street and 20 Street S.E. over the summer as part of maintenance
Benefits to the community
We are making changes these changes to 9 Avenue S.E. to improve the safety and mobility for people who bike, walk and drive in the Inglewood community.
All work will be scheduled to minimize impacts to businesses and traffic. Thank you for your patience and cooperation during construction. For more inforamtion, please visit calgary.ca/9aveimprovements.
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
Over the summer, the Inglewood Sanitary Trunk City project team will continue to work at 8 Avenue and 9 Street S.E. until the end of August 2020 to connect the new sanitary pipes to the existing Inner City Trunk. The intersection will remain closed during this time.
In addition, we have been installing manholes at the shafts located along 11 Street S.E. and at the end of 9 Street S.E. and Adelaide Street S.E. Final site restoration and landscaping will follow.
Thank you to the residents of Inglewood and Ramsay for your patience and understanding while we complete this important upgrade to the sanitary system.
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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