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Banff Trail Area Improvements

Project update - July 2021

Crews have started work on the north side of 24 Avenue N.W. between 19 and 23 Street N.W. Work along 24 Avenue N.W. includes resurfacing the road, sidewalk and new bicycle pathways improvements, and enhanced crossings for pedestrians and cyclists. This work will continue the improvements that have been finished on 24 Avenue between 14 and 19 Streets N.W. and along the south side of 24 Avenue N.W. between 19 and 23 Streets N.W.

While crews are doing this work, access to driveways, alleys, pathways and existing stairs along the north side of 24 Avenue N.W. will not be available for use until the new sidewalk and bicycle pathway tie-ins are complete. Parking on 24 Avenue N.W. along both the north and south sides of the street between 19 and 23 Streets N.W. will not be available during construction.

Banff Trail detour (starts July 19, 2021):

  • Banff Trail will be reduced to a single northbound lane while we reconstruct the roadway and install the new sidewalk and bicycle pathway. Pedestrians will be detoured to the east side of Banff Trail, and pedestrian crossings will be provided to accommodate access to the businesses along Banff Trail. Business accesses will be maintained.
  • 23 Avenue N.W. will also be closed between 24 Street N.W. and Banff Trail while this work is underway. Stadium Nissan Banff Trail and 23 Avenue N.W. access will be maintained. As a result of this closure, southbound access to Crowchild Trail from Banff Trail will not be allowed. Crowchild Trail access to and from 24 Street N.W. will be maintained.
  • Southbound Crowchild Trail traffic looking to access Banff Trail can use the southbound Crowchild Trail to eastbound 16 Avenue N.W. loop.

Project background

The Foothills Hospital/Stadium/Banff Trail Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) area forms part of the University Major Activity Centre in the Municipal Development Plan (MDP). It also covers low and medium priority redevelopment locations in the City's Growth Management Framework.

Growth projections indicate that the Foothills Hospital/Stadium/Banff Trail TOD area is anticipated to see an increase in population density over the next 10 to 20 years; To accommodate this, a number of improvements are required to local infrastructure.

Work we will complete this season

16 Avenue N.W.

  • Complete construction of the westbound off-ramp onto northbound Crowchild Trail.
  • Complete construction of the new pedestrian bridge ramp at the northeast corner of Banff Trail.
  • Remove and relocate the median from Banff Trail to 20A Street N.W. to add a new third eastbound lane.
  • Remove and rebuild a new noisewall along south edge of 16 Avenue N.W. between Crowchild Trail and 20 A Street.
  • Build new westbound and eastbound bus stops on the east side of 16 Avenue N.W. bridge.
  • Complete eastbound lane widening on the bridge over Crowchild Trail.

24 Street N.W.

  • Complete new multi-use pathway from Banff Trail and Crowchild Trail to 23 Avenue N.W., and on 23 Avenue N.W. from 24 Street N.W to Banff Trail

Crowchild Trail N.W.

  • Complete intersection upgrades at the N.W. corner of 24 Avenue.
  • Complete northbound road widening in the median from 24 Avenue N.W to 30 Avenue N.W.
  • Complete construction of the 16 Avenue N.W westbound off-ramp onto northbound Crowchild Trail, including road widening.
  • Remove the northbound detour at 16 Avenue and complete work in the median from 16 Avenue to 24 Avenue N.W.
  • Complete median concrete upgrades from 5 Avenue to 32 Avenue N.W.
  • Complete northbound asphalt work from 5 Avenue to 32 Avenue N.W.
  • Complete southbound asphalt work from 5 Avenue to 32 Avenue N.W.

24 Avenue N.W.

  • Construct new streetscape with new sidewalks and pathways from:
    • 19 Street to 23 Street N.W. (north side)
  • Construct new Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) at 20 and 22 Street N.W.
  • Complete resurfacing of 24 Avenue NW from Crowchild Trail to 14 Street N.W.

Banff Trail

  • Construct new sidewalk, bicycle pathway and from 16 Avenue N.W to 23 Avenue N.W.
  • Complete resurfacing of Banff Trail

23 Avenue N.W.

  • Construct new bicycle pathway on north side.

Project scope

We are coordinating and consolidating multiple needs in the area and taking a holistic approach to all the work that needs to get done; this will help reduce multiple and consecutive disruptions to the same area. The combined work is now called: The Banff Trail Area Improvements Project.

The Banff Trail Area Improvements project combines what would have otherwise been the following four individual projects:

1. 16 Avenue N: Lane widening from Crowchild Trail N.W. to 20A Street N.W.

Involves:

  • Adding one eastbound lane along 16 Avenue N.W. (from Crowchild Trail N.W. to 20A Street N.W.)
  • Adding a pedestrian ramp to the pedestrian bridge east of Banff Trail N.W. on the north side of 16 Avenue N.W., painting the handrails, and replacing / relocating the existing staircase.
  • Relocating a westbound Calgary Transit bus stop on 16 Avenue N.W. from east of the Banff Trail pedestrian bridge to west of Banff Trail N.W.
  • Re-aligning the Banff Trail & 16 Avenue N.W. intersection to the west
  • Improvements to accommodate a continuous multi-use pathway from 19th Street N.W. to Banff Trail N.W. (on the north side of 16 Avenue N.W.) to link to the new pathway from Banff Trail to Crowchild Trail
  • Replacement of the noise wall adjacent to the Briar Hill Community (south side of 16 Avenue N.W., Crowchild Trail to 20A Street N.W.)
  • Inclusion of a contra-flow bike lane on 16 Avenue Residential Road (south of the noise wall)
  • Adding new Calgary Transit bus stops (in both directions) on the east side of Crowchild Trail on 16 Avenue N.W.
  • Building a 'Complete Street' along Banff Trail N.W. (from 16 Avenue N.W. to 23 Avenue N.W.)
  • Building a new east/west internal access road (Banff Trail to lane) to facilitate a new road network
  • View a high resolution map here.

2. Constructing a westbound (WB) 16 Avenue N.W. off-ramp to northbound (NB) Crowchild Trail N.W.

Involves:

  • The construction of a new ramp from WB 16 Avenue N.W. to NB Crowchild Trail with a second one-way NB access ramp onto 24 Street N.W.
  • Removal of the Service Road, addition of a multi-use pathway and boulevard space (between Banff Trail N.W. and 24 Street N.W.)
  • Enhancing the pedestrian underpass at Crowchild Trail and 16 Avenue N.W., including the addition of a new switchback pathway from the north side of 16 Avenue N.W.
  • Adding sidewalk connections along 24 Street N.W. (east side) from 23 Avenue N.W. to 16 Avenue N.W.
  • View a high resolution map here.

3. Intersection improvements at Crowchild Trail N.W. and 24 Avenue N.W.

Involves:

  • Widening Crowchild Trail (adding a NB lane along Crowchild Trail between 23 Avenue N.W. and the 32 Avenue N.W. off-ramp)
  • Improvements to the Crowchild Trail/24 Avenue intersection to accommodate active modes passing through this intersection
  • Changes to the 24 Avenue/24 Street intersection
  • Upgrading the pathway on the east side of Crowchild Trail (from Crowchild Trail & 24 Avenue going south to Banff Trail N.W.)
  • Adding a new multi-use pathway from Crowchild Trail & Banff Trail N.W. to Crowchild Trail & 23 Avenue N.W.
  • View a high resolution map here.

4. 24 Avenue N.W. Corridor (Crowchild Tr. N.W. to 14 Street N.W.) Improvements

Involves:

  • Making improvements for people who walk, cycle, along 24 Avenue N.W. (from Crowchild Trail N.W. to 14 Street N.W.)
  • Resurfacing the road along 24 Avenue N.W. (from Crowchild Trail N.W. to 14 Street N.W.)
  • 24 Avenue & 14 Street N.W. - building a new Confederation Park pathway connection that includes an at-grade crossing across 14 Street N.W. while keeping the existing underpass.

This work will improve connections while making it easier and safer for Calgarians to get around. We will be working closely with the communities and businesses in the area to ensure they are kept up-to-date during the course of this project.

Project area

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Budget

$34.4 million

Business access

We are committed to keeping business accesses open throughout construction.

Past events

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Project timeline

  • October 2018: Public Engagement Session
  • Spring 2019: Project re-introduction
  • June 11, 2019: Public Engagement Session
  • October 24, 2019: Public Engagement Session
  • January – March 2020: Utility relocations (water, gas, electrical)
  • Spring 2020: Start of construction
  • March – October 2020 Construction Areas:
    • 24 Street N.W. (16 Avenue N.W. to approximately 19 Avenue N.W.)
    • Northbound and southbound Crowchild Trail rehabilitation (16 Avenue N.W. to 32 Avenue N.W.)
    • Crowchild Trail & 24 Avenue N.W. (Intersection Improvements)
    • 24 Avenue N.W. (19th Street N.W. to 14 Street N.W. and pedestrian crossing improvements)
    • 16 Avenue N.W. (North side from Crowchild Trail to Banff Trail)
    • Utility relocations on eastbound 16 Avenue N.W. Residential Road (Southside of noise wall)
    • New Connector Road from Laneway to Banff Trail N.W.
  • April – October 2021 Construction Areas:
    • Banff Trail (16 Avenue N.W. to 23 Avenue N.W.)
    • 23 Avenue N.W.
    • 16 Avenue N.W. (South side and median from University Drive to 20 A Street N.W.)
    • 24 Street N.W. (23 Avenue to Nick’s Steakhouse & Pizza parking lot)
    • 24 Avenue N.W. (south side 19 to 15 Street N.W. and 23 to 19 Street N.W.)
  • 2021: Construction completion

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