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Barlow Trail N.E. Reconstruction

Construction Update - September 13, 2021

Operational improvements – 4 Avenue and 7 Avenue N.E. intersections

Effective September 15, 2021,
westbound, left-turning traffic will be relocated from 7 Avenue N.E. to a new fully signalized intersection at 4 Avenue and Barlow Trail N.E. Westbound traffic on 7 Avenue N.E. will no longer be able to turn left onto southbound Barlow Trail N.E. 

Right-turning traffic will continue to be able to utilize either 4 Avenue or 7 Avenue N.E. and southbound traffic on Barlow Trail N.E. will be able to turn left onto eastbound 7 Avenue N.E.

By relocating westbound, left-turning traffic to 4 Avenue N.E., this will result in a reduction in delays and congestion along 7 Avenue N.E. during peak times and provide for safer traffic movements.

Detour signage and variable message boards will be on site to help direct traffic.

Stage 3 construction

Construction on Stage 3 of the project began on August 27, with traffic on Barlow Trail now shifted to the west side of the road onto the new pavement, while crews complete work on the east side of the road.

This construction stage is mostly required under the 16 Avenue N.E. bridge and adjacent north/south sections from the bridge. Barlow Trail median construction is also included in this stage. Earthworks, grading and utility work will be underway at various project site locations and complete by the end of September. This construction stage will be in place for approximately three weeks.

Two lanes of traffic (northbound and southbound) will be available during most times.

Please continue to follow all posted signage in the construction area, including speed reductions, and expect some delays. Businesses east of Barlow Trail will remain accessible throughout construction via 7 Avenue, 4 Avenue and Centre Avenue N.E.

The Barlow Trail Reconstruction project team has been closely coordinating activities with work currently underway on 16 Avenue N.E. bridge, in order to minimize overall traffic impacts. Updates on bridge rehabilitation work are available via this link.

To assist you in better understanding the scope of both projects, please watch the Public Information Presentation video below.

Restoration and reconstruction work on Barlow Trail is scheduled to be substantially complete by the end of October 2021.

Thank you for your patience during the construction period.


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Barlow Trail N.E. Reconstruction Project & 16 Ave. over Barlow Trail N.E. Bridge Rehabilitation Project

Project timeline

  • Spring - Summer 2020: Finalize engineering design
  • Fall - Winter 2020: Construction tender; hire contractor; plan/schedule construction
  • Spring - Fall 2021: Construction
  • Fall 2021: Project substantial completion

Please note: Construction activities are dependent on several factors. Timelines could change due to inclement weather, underground conditions and/or other unexpected circumstances. Schedule updates will be provided regularly.

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If you still have unanswered questions after watching the project video, you can ask them here.


$12 million

Related information

The City is planning to undertake life-cycle pavement restoration and reconstruction work on Barlow Trail N.E. from 4 Ave. to Sunridge Blvd. N.E., including rehabilitation of the 16 Ave. N.E. ramps.

As part of the project, a new multi-use pathway will be built on the east side of Barlow Trail along Meridian Rd., from Centre Ave. and will curve eastbound towards 28 St. N.E. The addition of this missing pathway link will enhance safety and connectivity for all travel modes, in addition to improving pedestrian access to businesses along this busy corridor.

These improvements will help to ensure the road continues to be safe, functional and in great condition for years to come.

Project details

The project will include:

  • Pavement restoration and reconstruction on all northbound and southbound lanes on Barlow Tr., between 4 Ave. and Sunridge Blvd. N.E.
  • Pavement restoration of the eight ramps connecting Barlow Trail and 16 Ave. N.E.
  • Safety improvements including the extension of the center median from 7 Ave. to 16 Ave. N.E.
  • Operational and safety improvements at 4 Ave. and 7 Ave. N.E. intersections
  • A new multi-use pathway on the east side of Barlow Trail along Meridian Rd., from Centre Ave., which will curve eastbound towards 28 St. N.E. The new pathway does not continue east beyond 28 St. N.E. under the scope of this project; however, pathway users can access 16 Ave. N.E. crossing at 36 St. via 28 St., 14 Ave., 33 St. and 12 Ave. N.E.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is construction being done here?

The road has exceeded the road and pavement life span and replacement is part of the roadway life-cycle work. Pavement work has been completed north and south of this project scope in previous years. The 2.5 km stretch within the project scope is the remaining area that needs restoration. Furthermore, there are safety improvements being made to Barlow Trail including the addition of a center median south of 16 Ave. Median and traffic signal improvements at 4 Ave. and 7 Ave. will also be made to help reduce traffic delays in the future and improve road safety in the area. Lastly, the project will include a new multi-use pathway along the east side of Barlow Tr. beside Meridian Rd., from Centre Ave. to 28 St. N.E.

Will I be able to get to the businesses in the area?

Yes. Although there will be lane shifts and speed reductions, businesses will remain accessible throughout construction.

Are there additional lanes being added on Barlow Trail?

No. We are not adding any lanes on Barlow Trail. To learn more about the scope for this project, please watch the video presentation posted above.

When will construction start and end?

Construction is set to start in mid-March 2021 and is anticipated to be substantially completed by the end of October 2021.

How much does the project cost?

The budget for this project is $12 million.

Sections of Barlow Trail are cracked and the ride is often bumpy during freeze/thaw cycles. Can Barlow Trail users expect a smooth ride once the project is completed?

Most areas of cracked pavement between 4 Avenue and Sunridge boulevard, including the ramps on and off 16 Avenue, will be milled out and replaced with new asphalt pavement.  The remaining areas will be reconstructed down to sub-grade level in order to eliminate the bumpy ride issues brought on by freeze/thaw cycles.

Who is the General Contractor for each project?

The General Contractor for the Barlow Trail N.E. Reconstruction project is Lafarge. The General Contractor for the 16 Avenue over Barlow Trail N.E. Bridge Rehabilitation project is EllisDon.

What do the operational improvements at the 4 Ave. and 7 Ave. N.E. intersections consist of?

The operational improvements at the intersections of Barlow Trail at 4 Avenue and at 7 Avenue include relocating westbound left turning traffic from 7 Avenue to a new fully signalized intersection at Barlow Trail and 4 Avenue.  Westbound traffic on 7 Avenue will no longer be able to turn left onto southbound Barlow Trail.  By relocating westbound left turning traffic to 4 Avenue, this will result in a reduction in delay and congestion along 7 Avenue during peak times and provide for safer traffic movements. Northbound (right turning) traffic will be able to utilize either 4 Avenue or 7 Avenue.

I drive a large tractor trailer unit, and occasionally a LCV (long combination vehicle – two trailers) in and out of the Meridian/Franklin industrial area. How will the changes at Barlow Trail and 4 Avenue and Barlow Trail and 7 Avenue impact my ability to deliver and pick up my loads?

All vehicles, including large tractor trailer units, that currently use 7 Avenue westbound to turn left (southbound) onto Barlow Trail, will need to use 4 Avenue once the changes are implemented later this year.  No left turns will be permitted at 7 Avenue (Right turns onto Barlow Trail will be permitted at both 4 Avenue and 7 Avenue). Alternatively, vehicles can head south on 28 Street to access Memorial Drive, or east on 5 Avenue to access 36 Street.