The Future of 16 Avenue N.W.
Project update - June 16, 2021
We plan to present the recommendations to the Standing Policy Committee (SPC) on Transportation and Transit on Wednesday, June 16.
If you are interested in attending and presenting your perspective to Council members, you may do so remotely. Click here to register to speak or share a written submission.
You can also watch the Committee meeting live at calgary.ca/watchlive.
About the project
16 Avenue N.W. has a dual nature as both a major city-wide transportation corridor and as a community Main Street that has successfully nurtured a local commercial core in Montgomery for decades.
The 16 Avenue N.W. corridor from Sarcee Trail to Crowchild Trail requires a coherent planning effort due to the widely variable nature of the corridor today, with differing road classifications, land use, posted speed limits, number of lanes, accommodation of transit and active modes, and levels of planning and construction in recent years. Provision of additional capacity and long-term build-out of the roadway to three core lanes in each direction is expected to fulfill 16 Avenue N.W.’s role as a primary transportation and goods movement corridor, and to support area growth.
The 16 Avenue N.W. Main Street streetscape design project will incorporate what is most important today and in the future about the main street experience with a focus on place making and community building and enhancement.
As there is significant overlap in the two study boundaries and timing for engagement, the two projects are being closely coordinated and aligned.
There are two distinct deliverables:
- A transportation corridor study for 16 Avenue N.W. (between Sarcee Trail and Crowchild Trail)
- 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.)
Please visit the Main Streets program page to learn more about how we are transforming Calgary's Main Streets.
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The study area is comprised of three parts:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
We will be hosting a variety of engagement opportunities throughout the study. Everyone is invited to participate.
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.
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.
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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
Contact the project team at 16AvenueNW@calgary.ca