Northmount Drive N.W. Improvement Project
Phase 1 construction is now complete.
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The City of Calgary is working to accommodate growth and make our city more liveable by providing transportation choices. Walkable and bikeable neighbourhoods contribute to creating vibrant, healthy communities.
This project improves safety and mobility for all users on Northmount Drive N.W.:
- Improve pedestrian crossings and school pick-up and drop-off zones
- Improve safety by reducing speeding
- Improve and/or manage congestion
- Reduce speeding and collisions
- Make the road more predictable
- Improve school bus zones
- Complete a gap in the bicycle network between Northland Drive N.W. and 10 Street N.W. (Northmount Drive N.W. is a strong desire line currently used by people biking)
- Improve cycling connections to key destinations
- Improve school bus zones
People taking transit
Improve reliability of Calgary Transit
Phase 1 construction
Carol Drive N.W. to Cambrian Drive N.W.
This summer, Northmount Drive N.W. was re-paved between Cambrian Drive N.W. to Carol Drive N.W. At the same time, several safety and operational improvements were implemented including:
- A transit queue jump
- A new bus bay
- A lengthened left-turn lane from westbound Northmount Drive N.W. to southbound 14 Street N.W.
- Accessibility improvements for pedestrians at 14 Street N.W.
- Pedestrian improvements at both Carol Drive N.W. and Cambrian Drive N.W.
- A bicycle connection through the intersection
Northmount Drive and 14 Street NW Improvements final designs
Phase 1 also includes the addition of 10 low-cost curb extensions along the corridor to improve pedestrian safety by:
- Reducing crossing distances
- Improving visibility by defining the space between parked cars and intersection crossings
- Providing a safe space to wait before crossing the street
- Narrowing the street, which reduces vehicle speeds and increases visibility of people biking and walking
The curb extensions will be poured with concrete in Phase 2 when funding becomes available.
Phase 2 - complete street improvements for all modes from Northland Drive N.W. to 14 Street N.W.
Throughout the public engagement process, The City learned that issues of congestion, speeding, pedestrian and school-site safety were long-standing concerns along the corridor. The project team worked with the community and stakeholders to develop a design to better address those concerns by:
- Maintaining current vehicle flow while increasing turn capacity
- Retaining as much parking along the corridor as possible (approximately two-thirds)
- Enhancing pedestrian crossings with curb extensions
- Narrowing travel lanes to reduce speeding
- Creating dedicated spaces for people cycling and buses
Due to the increased scope and costs to implement the responsive design, the street improvements will be constructed in phases. Phase 1 was completed in 2017 and includes improvements around the 14 Street N.W. intersection and curb extensions. Phase 2 construction will be implemented when funding becomes available and includes:
- Bicycle lanes along Northmount Drive N.W. to improve safety for people biking
- Intersection improvements at Northland Drive N.W., Brisebois Drive N.W., Charleswood Drive N.W. and 19 Street N.W.
- School-site improvements at Captain John Palliser School, Saint Francis School and Brentwood School
- Low-cost curb extensions (phase 1) will be removed and replaced with poured-in-place concrete curb extensions
Parking is currently permitted on both sides of Northmount Drive N.W. for the majority of the study area except in front of schools. The City conducted parking studies in November 2014 (weekday study from 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and April 2016 (weekend study from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.) and found that the peak parking demand did not exceed 50 per cent of the total available parking supply. Parking on several side streets is highly used (80 per cent or greater); however, overall parking on the majority of side streets is under-used.
This data along with public input, helped to inform the parking changes.
For information on residential parking permits and how to establish a new parking permit zone, please visit the Residential Parking Permit Program.
Map showing parking use based on parking studies conducted by The City of Calgary.
Were other streets considered?
The City considered and analyzed Capri Avenue N.W. and John Laurie Boulevard N.W. as possible Complete Street improvement projects. These streets were considered, but did not provide the same benefits as Northmount Drive N.W.
Public engagement & communications
In 2015 and 2016, The City worked with people who live, work and travel on Northmount Drive N.W. to develop a Complete Street improvement plan for the corridor to safely accommodate all travel modes. Throughout the year-long engagement process, over 500 people attended the engagement events and over 1,000 in-person and online feedback forms were collected. The project team also met with and shared information with the Triwood Community Association, Brentwood Community Association and Cambrian Heights Community Association.
Public engagement documents
- February 2016 Open House Display Boards and Public Feedback Summary Report
- Winter 2016 Northmount Drive Input Summary
- May/June 2016 Workshop Presentation
- May/June 2016 Workshop Input Summary
- May/June 2016 Workshop Map Comments
- May/June 2016 Workshop Verbatim Comments
- October 2016 Workshop Presentation
- October 2016 Workshop Options Handout
- October 2016 Workshop Input Summary
- October 2016 Workshop Verbatim Comments
- May 2017 Information Session Information Boards