Westbrook Pedestrian Overpass
Project Update - July 2020
Work continues on the Westbrook Pedestrian Overpass project. While the bridge has been publicly accessible for some time, it is expected to be fully opened by the end of July 2020.
- Ramps and stairs at both ends of the bridge have been open for use since the beginning of July; the north branch of the west ramp remains closed in order to ensure public safety while the final landscaping work is completed on the west side of Bow Trail.
- Bus stops on Bow Trail at each end of the bridge have been opened in their permanent locations.
- Final landscaping work including placement of rocks, grass seeding and mulch is expected to wrap up before the end of July.
- There are additional roadway improvements on Bow Trail that have been added to the project scope; work has begun on the removal of the existing fencing in the median of Bow Trail, immediately north of the new bridge to the 37th St intersection, to be followed by construction of a new concrete barrier/fence; this work is expected to take approximately 5 weeks and drivers are being warned to expect lane closures during non-peak hours while this work occurs; it is not anticipated that this work will impact users of the new bridge.
The area surrounding Westbrook Mall has been identified in the Municipal Development Plan (MDP) and the Westbrook Village Area Redevelopment Plan as a Major Activity Centre, an ideal candidate for redevelopment through Investing in Mobility. With the addition of the Westbrook LRT Station, the area has seen an increased volume in pedestrians, making it an increasingly busy corridor.
Infrastructure improvements in the area like the Westbrook Pedestrian Overpass will encourage future development as the population surrounding the LRT Station increases. Accessible shopping, employment and residential opportunities in this transit hub are positive outcomes from Transit Oriented Development (TOD) projects such as this.
The existing overpass crossing Bow Trail between 33 and 37 Street S.W. was constructed in 1970, at a time when accessibility standards were much lower than they are today. Approaching 50 years old, the bridge is exhibiting significant deterioration and has numerous structural deficiencies. It has been determined that the most economically feasible solution to address the condition of the structure and its current level of accessibility is to replace it with a new overpass.
Project design and objectives
The new pedestrian overpass will bring multiple benefits to the Westbrook area including:
- A more accessible structure with a wider bridge deck and ramps that are not as steep
- Improved safety with the addition of better lighting and by redirecting pedestrians from street level crossing of Bow Trail
- More than 40 new trees have been incorporated into the design around the new bridge
- Providing a desirable connection for pedestrians to access destinations on either side of Bow Trail
- Supporting employment and residential development in the Westbrook area
- Reducing long-term infrastructure and operating costs by supporting redevelopment, slowing the outward expansion known as "urban sprawl" of the city as outlined in the Investing in Mobility plan and Transit Oriented Development policy
The City of Calgary remains committed to keeping stakeholders and area users informed and updated on the project. The project page will be regularly updated with information on the project, public information sessions and any other project related information. 311 is an additional resource for Calgarians to contact with questions about the project.
Contract awarded: December 2018
Construction start: February 2019
Construction End: July 2020