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The Future of 16 Avenue N.W.

16 Avenue N.W., between Crowchild Trail and Sarcee Trail, is a major city-wide transportation corridor, a primary goods movement corridor and a potential High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) corridor. Through Montgomery, 16 Avenue N.W. is also designated as a Main Street.

This study will examine current challenges and future requirements that will shape how people and goods move through the corridor in the years to come. It requires a cohesive plan to support future transportation and land use needs. The Future of 16 Avenue N.W. is an initiative that will help us achieve that plan.

There are two distinct deliverables:

  1. A transportation corridor study for 16 Avenue N.W. (between Sarcee Trail and Crowchild Trail):
    • The objective of the Corridor Study is to develop ideas and concepts to address existing concerns and develop plans for the future that integrate urban design and transportation elements.
    • Through engagement with the public, the study recommendations will aim to meet the needs of people who live in adjacent communities and those who use the corridor.
    • We will explore short- and long-term options for changes to the corridor.
    • We will present a recommended plan to Council for approval at the end of the study that identifies design and construction costs for future improvements to the corridor.
  1. A Main Street Streetscape Plan for Montgomery (Home Road to 43 Street N.W. and one block south of 16 Avenue N.W., along Home Road and 46 Street N.W.):
    • The objective of the Main Streetscape Project in Montgomery is to plan, design and implement capital improvements in the short- to medium-term.
    • This undertaking will focus on aspects of improving 16 Avenue N.W. beyond transportation and mobility, including but not limited to:
      • placemaking;
      • promoting development;
      • fostering a vibrant business environment; and
      • creating a unique identity that reflects the character of the community.

Please visit the Main Streets program page to learn more about how we are transforming Calgary's Main Streets.

Study area

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The study area is comprised of three parts:

  1. West Segment (Sarcee Trail to Montgomery):
    Planning for this section will address key bottleneck points. Three existing bridge structures - the Sarcee Trail interchange, the CPR underpass and the Bow River crossing, - only accommodate two travel lanes in each direction. The study will determine the best-value options for revising or expanding the bridge structures in the short- and long-terms.
  2. Central Segment (Montgomery Main Street):
    The central segment of 16 Avenue N.W. through Montgomery is the heart of this study. This is where both the Transportation Corridor and the Streetscape Master Plan are focused. It is an opportunity to develop a plan that addresses vehicle traffic and goods movement, and also creates a safe and vibrant environment that serves the needs of the community and local businesses.
  3. East Segment (Montgomery to Crowchild Trail):
    Most of the segment east of Montgomery has been carefully planned in recent years. We will combine the existing plans into a connecting plan and ensure that it fits with the rest of the corridor.

How can I be involved in the study?

We will be hosting a variety of engagement opportunities throughout the study. Everyone is invited to participate.

Does the project have funding?

No, there is no funding for immediate construction; however, low-cost changes that can be implemented with little or no construction may be funded through existing City programs and budgets.

The Main Streets program is currently working on five Main Streets projects. Once these Main Streets are complete, we will work with Council to determine funding for the next group of prioritized Main Streets; including 16 Avenue N.W.

How long before construction happens?

The study looks at short- and long-term plans. Construction could begin within five years once funding has been allocated.

Transportation design changes are considered long-term plans and could be implemented in approximately 30 years.

Provide your feedback

Thank you for providing your input. If you missed the engagement opportunity, you can view the material on the Engage page for more information.

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Project timeline

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  • Discover phase: Spring to fall 2020 - Project initiation and definition
  • Explore phase: Fall 2020 to winter 2021 - Concept development and analysis
  • Reveal phase: Winter to spring 2021 - Preferred concept selection

Who should I contact if I have questions about the study?

For questions about the study, please contact the project team at 16AvenueNW@calgary.ca

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