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52 Street transit improvements project

Project Update – September 2021

Crews are continuing work along 52 Street at multiple intersections to improve transit along 52 Street. Traffic signal work is ongoing along 52 Street, and when crews are ready to switch over to the new traffic signals Calgary Police Service will be on site to direct traffic. It is anticipated the traffic signals will be switched over as follows:

  • 4 Avenue N.E.: September 16, 2021
  • Auburn Bay S.E.: September 18, 2021
  • 23 Avenue N.E.: September 25, 2021
  • Memorial Drive N.E.: October 2, 2021
  • 26 Avenue N.E.: October 6, 2021

26 Avenue NE to Rundlehorn Drive: June to September 2021 (work continues)

  • Southbound and northbound right-hand lanes will be closed between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. so crews can work on the bus-only lanes and new multiuse pathway.
  • Bus stops are temporarily relocated as close to intersections as possible to facilitate this work.
  • Pedestrian access at all intersections will be maintained while crews are working.
  • Pedestrian detours will be in place on the east and west side of 52 Street, so pedestrians are reminded to watch for detour signage.

Marbank Drive / Madigan Drive N.E. to Marlborough Drive N.E.: July to September 2021 (work continues)

  • Southbound and northbound right-hand lanes will be closed between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. so crews can work on the bus-only lanes.
  • Bus stops are temporarily relocated as close to intersections as possible to facilitate this work.
  • Pedestrian access at all intersections will be maintained while crews are working.
  • Pedestrian detours will be in place on the east and west side of 52 Street, so pedestrians are reminded to watch for detour signage.

126 to 130 Avenue S.E.: July to September 2021 (work continues)

  • September 25: Crews will be doing the final paving on the northbound lanes between 126 and 130 Avenue S.E..
  • The northbound left hand lane will be closed between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. so crews can work in the median to prepare for the queue jumps at the intersections.
  • Between 126 Avenue and 130 Avenue S.E., northbound traffic will be reduced to one northbound lane.
  • At 126 Avenue S.E.: A temporary left turn lane from northbound 52 Street to westbound 126 Avenue will be created while crews are working. Eastbound 126 Avenue to northbound 52 Street S.E. left hand turn will be one lane only.
  • At 130 Avenue S.E.: The left turn lane from northbound 52 Street to westbound 130 Avenue S.E. will be reduced to one lane while crews are working. The southbound 52 Street to eastbound 130 Avenue S.E. left hand turn will also be reduced to one lane.
  • Pedestrian access will be maintained at both intersections.

Auburn Bay Drive / Mahogany Gate S.E.: July to September 2021 (work continues)

  • September 25: Crews will be doing the final paving on the southbound lanes at Auburn Bay Drive.
  • The southbound right hand lane will be closed between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. so crews can work on the new queue jump lanes. The right turn lane from Southbound 52 Street to eastbound Auburn Bay Drive S.E. will remain open while crews are working. 
  • The northbound left hand lane will be closed between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. so crews can work in the median to prepare for the queue jumps at the intersections. 
  • Both the north and southbound left turn lanes will be reduced to one lane while crews are working.
  • Pedestrian access will be maintained at the intersection.

4 Avenue N.E. to Memorial Drive N.E.: September to October 2021 (work continues)

  • Northbound and southbound right hand lanes will be closed between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. so crews can work on the bus-only lanes, and queue jumps at the intersections.
  • Right turns from southbound 52 Street to westbound Memorial Drive N.E., and eastbound Memorial Drive to southbound 52 Street N.E. will be maintained at the intersection.
  • Westbound Memorial Drive NE to northbound 52 Street NE right hand turns will be at the intersection only, the right turn lane will be closed during construction. 
  • Business access will be maintained while crews are working, and pedestrian access will be maintained at intersections.

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Project Background

The City of Calgary will be making improvements along 52 Street to improve transit service between the communities of Saddletowne and Seton. The 52 Street Transit Improvements project will benefit the current Route 23 and BRT Route 302, and also build important enhancements for a future Transit MAX line that will run along 52 Street.

The improvements give buses priority travel along 52 Street, which means fewer delays to Transit Riders, and will also include some intersection improvements, and pedestrian enhancements along 52 Street. The designs do not include removing any vehicle lanes to accommodate the improvements for Transit.

The 10 intersections where The City will be making improvements are: 

What are the transit improvements along 52 Street?

Transit signal priority

Traffic signals along the route will be modified to provide an extended green signal when buses are approaching.

Buse Queue Jumps

Queue jumps are reserved for buses at signalized intersections. Buses enter their own lane and get an advanced green light before other vehicles at the intersection, allowing them to get ahead of traffic and avoid congestion delays. Calgary already has a number of transit queue jumps, including MAX Orange and MAX Teal. 

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Project budget

As part of The Province’s Municipal Stimulus Program, The City received $12.3 million in funding to design and build transit improvements on 52 Street in 2021. The project was one of 15 projects put forward to The Province, and funding was announced in early December.

The project budget for design and construction will be $14.3 million, which includes provincial funding, and developer contributions.

Timeline

  • Spring 2021 – Design
  • June 2021 – construction start
  • End of 2021 – construction complete

Intersection improvements

Project budget

$14.3 million

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