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East Central – Phase 2

Project update – September 22, 2021

Construction is now underway.

Work in progress:

  • East side of 28 Street S.E.
  • Intersection of 19 Avenue S.E. and 36 Street S.E. 
    • Construction at this intersection includes the installation of a new traffic signal. 
    • To ensure crews can safely complete this work, the intersection is temporarily closed.
    • A local detour is in place so you can still travel through the area.
    • Although construction is always weather-dependent, we anticipate completing work at this intersection by the end of October.

Completed work:

  • West side of 28 Street S.E.
    • Construction is complete.
    • Landscape rehabilitation will occur after construction on the east side of 28 Street S.E. is complete.

More construction information is in the Construction impacts section below.

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Project overview

The City of Calgary is working to make our city more liveable by improving access and connectivity for people who walk, wheel and drive along 19 Avenue S.E. and 28 Street S.E. These corridor improvement projects are a continuation of the East Central Complete Street Network Project in East Central Calgary.

Phase 1 is complete. It included the start of a wheeling network, pedestrian enhancements and intersection improvements along Marlborough Way N.E., 40 Street S.E., 8 Avenue S.E. and 10 Avenue S.E. 

Phase 2 consists of an east-west route along 19 Avenue S.E. (including a section along 20 Avenue S.E.) and a north-south route along 28 Street S.E. Phase 2 will focus on adding sidewalks, accessibility, traffic calming, improving pedestrian crossings, reviewing traffic controls and adding wheeling facilities along the following corridors:

19 Avenue S.E.

  • 19 Avenue S.E. between 26 and 48 Street S.E.
  • 48 Street S.E. between 19 and 20 Avenue S.E.
  • 20 Avenue S.E. between 48 and 52 Street S.E.

28 Street S.E.

  • From Radcliffe Drive S.E. (Franklin LRT station) to 19 Avenue S.E. (17 Avenue BRT Station)

The detailed designs are now available. You can be viewed them here:

Note: The 19 Avenue S.E. work will include planned repaving.

The City’s Complete Streets program considers the needs of all road users, including age, physical ability and equity. Improvements under the program will benefit everyone by providing transportation options that allow people to walk, wheel and take transit.

Project goals

  • Improving safety and predictability of road use by providing dedicated facilities for all users, traffic calming, and improving key intersections.
  • Providing a wheeling network connection to support local and regional travel.
  • Supporting pedestrian travel by building missing infrastructure and adding curb extensions.
  • Promoting slower vehicle speeds by narrowing the width of the road.

Here are some of the improvements we will be implementing:

  • Addition of missing sidewalks and upgrades to existing substandard sidewalks
  • Installation of dedicated wheeling lanes – both protected on-street and off-street facilities
  • New permanent curb extensions, reducing the width of the road
  • A new traffic signal at 19 Avenue & 36 Street S.E. 

These features will improve safety and predictability of road use, provide a wheeling network connection to support local and regional travel, and support pedestrian access.

Construction impacts

As construction will happen over two seasons, we will complete the work in stages so that not all of 19 Avenue S.E. or 28 Street S.E. will be under construction at the same time. 

We are working with businesses and stakeholders to minimize the impact of construction as much as possible.

Some properties along the project corridors may have impacts due to construction activities. 

If there will be impacts to your property, we will notify you in advance so that you know what those impacts are and approximately how long we anticipate your property will be impacted.

There will be a reduction of parking along 19 Avenue S.E.

Engagement

Online public engagement occurred August 4 – 28, 2020. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback. Learn more by reading the What We Heard report.

Due to COVID-19, there were some impacts to stakeholder engagement for this project. As The City was not able to hold in-person engagement sessions in summer 2020, the East Central Phase 2 project team worked closely with several community stakeholder groups to encourage and facilitate online participation. 

Visit the East Central – Phase 2 engagement page to see the design concepts that were presented during engagement. Sign up for our newsletter to receive project updates.

FAQs

General FAQs

What is the project scope?

The City is making corridor improvements along:

  • 19 Avenue S.E. between 26 and 48 Street S.E.
  • 48 Street S.E. between 19 and 20 Avenue S.E.
  • 20 Avenue S.E. between 48 and 52 Street S.E.
  • 28 Street from Radcliffe Drive (Franklin LRT Station) to 19 Avenue S.E. (17 Avenue BRT Station)

This map shows an overview of the corridors.

What improvements are being implemented along these corridors?

We are making 19 Avenue S.E. and 28 Street S.E. friendly for people who walk, wheel (bike, scoot, etc.) and drive.

Concepts were presented to stakeholders to obtain feedback during the engagement phase in August 2020. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback. Visit the East Central – Phase 2 engagement page to see the designs presented during engagement and to read the What We Heard report.

Construction began in August 2021. When construction is complete, you can look forward to:

  • Addition of missing sidewalks 
  • Installation of dedicated wheeling lanes – both protected on-street and off-street facilities
  • New permanent curb extensions at intersections 
  • A new traffic signal at 19 Avenue & 36 Street S.E. 

View the detailed plans here:

What do curb extensions do?

A curb extension reduces crossing distance for pedestrians at crosswalks and intersections. It allows pedestrians and drivers to see each other when parked cars would otherwise block visibility. Curb extensions increase the likelihood that drivers will stop for someone waiting to walk across the road. Curb extensions also alert drivers to changing road conditions and encourage lower speeds when travelling through an intersection or turning right by narrowing the road.

What is a wheeling facility?

A wheeling facility (also called a cycle track, cycle path or cycle lane) is a lane separated from other modes of traffic. Providing separate facilities for those who wheel, walk or drive and makes sharing the road a more safe and predictable experience for everyone.

How will the removal of street parking impact the 19 Avenue S.E. and 28 Street S.E. corridors?

To implement improvements on 19 Avenue S.E.,  there will be some loss of parking spaces along portions of the corridors. 

Studies completed indicate that parking along these two corridors is significantly under-utilized. Even with parking removals required for the plans, excess street parking will still be available along the study corridors as well as along adjacent streets. 

When street parking is under-utilized, such as it is along 19 Avenue S.E. and 28 Street S.E., the road appears wider and this encourages speeding. Removing some excess street parking and using the space to build missing sidewalk, wheeling lanes and curb extensions will narrow the road, encourage lower speeds and improve safety for all road users.

Construction FAQs

When will construction occur?

Construction began in August 2021. Although construction is always weather-dependent, we anticipate finishing in 2022.

How will The City minimize impacts to the community?

As with all road construction projects, temporary localized impacts are inevitable, but we will do our best to minimize the disruption to residents and those who walk, wheel or drive through the area.

We will complete the work in stages so that not all of 19 Avenue S.E. or 28 Street S.E. will be under construction at the same time. 

My property is adjacent to the construction. How will the construction impact me?

When we are adding and making improvements to road infrastructure, it is inevitable that there will be some temporary impacts to adjacent property owners. We don’t like causing temporary disruptions, so we do our best to keep your inconvenience to a minimum.

We are currently assessing potential impacts for all adjacent properties. 

If your property is identified to have temporary impacts during construction, we will contact you in advance to provide you with more information. You can also email the project team or contact 311

Engagement FAQs

How can I provide my feedback?

Stakeholder engagement occurred August 4-28, 2020. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback. Visit the East Central – Phase 2 engagement page to see the designs we engaged stakeholders on and to read the What We Heard report. For any additional questions or concerns, email the project team or contact 311

How did The City use my feedback?

When we design improvements for corridors such as 19 Avenue S.E. and 28 Street S.E., we value all stakeholder input. Stakeholder feedback, technical requirements and project funding are among the factors considered when developing final designs. 

The detailed design is now ready. See the plans here:

Project timelines

  • July 2020 – preliminary design work
  • August 2020 – public engagement
  • Fall 2020 – design concept completed, incorporating what we heard during public engagement
  • Spring 2021 – detailed designs shared with the community
  • Summer 2021 – construction starts *We are here*

Related links

Area projects

Note: The projects included in Phase 2 differ from what was previously planned. This is because the 28 Street S.E. and 19 Avenue S.E. corridors align and provide access to the Max Purple Rapid Transit stations. Additionally, 19 Avenue S.E. work will coordinate with planned repaving.

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