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John Laurie Blvd. N.W. Restoration & Reconstruction

Shaganappi Tr. to 14 St.

Construction update - October 20, 2021

Crews have completed final paving at the intersection of John Laurie Boulevard and Brisebois Drive N.W., and the project is now substantially complete. Minor remaining work will be completed over the next two weeks, including landscaping, electrical, barrier installation and site cleanup.

Various temporary, short-term lane closures will be in place as remaining work is completed.

Thank you for your patience during the construction period.

To assist you in better understanding the scope of the project, please watch the video below.

New multi-use pathway connection

A new multi-use pathway connection and accessibility ramps will be built at the northwest corner of the Shaganappi Trail and John Laurie Boulevard N.W. intersection, in coordination with the John Laurie Boulevard N.W. reconstruction project. The addition of this missing link in the 5A Network will enhance accessibility and connectivity for cyclists and pedestrians, providing an important connection from the community of Edgemont to Nose Hill Park and the Shaganappi Trail N.W. intersection.

Completing this connection in conjunction with the John Laurie Boulevard N.W. intersection improvements project, while crews are active in the area, will allow pathway construction to be completed more efficiently and avoid future impacts from completing this work at a later date.

Construction is scheduled to be complete in fall 2021.

Parking access for Nose Hill Park

The Many Owls parking lot at Nose Hill Park is expected to remain open throughout most of the construction period, however access may be impeded by construction activities and short, full closures may be required.

A number of alternative parking lot options are available for Nose Hill Park users:

14 Street N.W., north of John Laurie Boulevard N.W.


Calgary Winter Club – 14 Street N.W.


19 Street and John Laurie Boulevard N.W.


Edgemont Boulevard and Shaganappi Trail N.W.

Project Overview

Public Information Presentation

The project team for the John Laurie Blvd. N.W. Restoration & Reconstruction (Shaganappi Tr. to 14 St.) Project provide additional information regarding the scope, the impacts and the timelines during the construction period for this project.

 

As part of The City’s life-cycle maintenance and major roads restoration program, we’re completing pavement reconstruction and restoration work on John Laurie Blvd. N.W. Improvements will include road restoration and rehabilitation of John Laurie Blvd. from Shaganappi Tr. to 14 St. as well as full intersection reconstruction at Brisebois Dr.

Construction will begin in early summer 2021 and completion is scheduled for Fall 2021.

This project will improve roadway operation, safety and surface characteristics of the roadway between Shaganappi Tr. and 14 St. and help to ensure the road continues to be safe, functional and in great condition for years to come.

Project details

The project will include:

  • Pre-installation of underground infrastructure for potential future traffic signals at the Brisebois Drive, Charleswood Drive and 19 Street N.W. intersections. While traffic signals are not being installed at this time, completing the underground infrastructure as part of this project will reduce future costs and impacts. Signals will be installed when warranted in the future after a detailed analysis is completed.
  • Pavement rehabilitation and restoration of approximately 4 kms of John Laurie Blvd. between Shaganappi Tr. and 14 St. N.W. to provide a renewed surface that should not require major maintenance again for 10 to 12 years.
  • Installation of high-tension cable barriers in the median on both sides
  • Replacement of any catch basins, manholes and valve tops and streetlights that are damaged or in poor condition
  • Realignment of the entrance to Nose Hill Park to provide safer access to the park's parking lot
  • Various pathway upgrades and a new connection at Shaganappi Tr.

Project background

The majority of the project length was rehabilitated previously in 1997. The segments closer to Shaganappi Tr. were paved in 2009 as part of the Shaganappi Tr. Intersection Improvements. Localized sections of the roadway show excessive distress, including frost heave that have affected pavement performance near the intersection of Brisebois Dr.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is construction being done here?

This project is primarily a restoration and reconstruction of the road surface and pavement structure. The majority of the project length was rehabilitated previously in 1997 and the segments closer to Shaganappi Trail were paved in 2009. This section of John Laurie Blvd. is in poor condition. This project will improve roadway operations, safety characteristics, surface structure durability and rideability.

How will this impact me as a commuter in the area?

Various lane closures and speed reductions throughout the construction limits and duration of the project will be expected. There will be delays and traffic impacts for commuters travelling in the area. 

When will construction start and end?

Construction is set to start in June 2021 and is anticipated to be substantially completed in October 2021. Please check back as more information will be provided in the coming weeks.

Why are High Tension Cable Barriers (HTCB) being installed as part of the John Laurie Boulevard N.W. project?

There have been a number of recent national, provincial and city wide initiatives and targets developed in reducing traffic fatalities and serious injuries.

A review of Calgary roads with a speed limit of 70 km/h or higher was completed to determine the state of current median barriers and identify new locations that warrant the installation of median barriers.

Many off-road collisions have occurred along John Laurie Blvd., often resulting in severe head-on collisions as drivers crossed the median due to higher speeds. Following an initial five-year collision review (2010-2014) and another evaluation in 2019, John Laurie Blvd. was identified as one of the top five corridors requiring a median barrier. Other factors considered were average annual traffic volumes and median type and width.

Are traffic signals being installed as part of this project?

This project does not include the installation of traffic signals.

Underground infrastructure for potential future traffic signals is being pre-installed at the Brisebois Drive, Charleswood Drive and 19 Street N.W. intersections to reduce future costs and impacts to the traveling public.

Traffic signals will be installed when warranted in the future after a detailed analysis is completed.

Will Many Owls parking lot be open during construction? Are alternate parking options available?

The Many Owls parking lot at Nose Hill Park is expected to remain open throughout most of the construction period, however access may be impeded by construction activities and short, full closures may be required.

Alternate parking lot options include:

  • 14 Street N.W., north of John Laurie Boulevard N.W.
  • Calgary Winter Club – 14 Street N.W. (lot section at far west end)
  • 19 Street and John Laurie Boulevard N.W.
  • Edgemont Boulevard and Shaganappi Trail N.W.

Project area

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Project timeline

  • Early Spring 2021: Tender to Market - COMPLETE
  • Summer 2021: Construction Start
  • Fall 2021: Construction 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.

Thank you for your patience during the construction period of this project.

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Project budget

 $8.7 million

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