City of Calgary Construction Project Updates

Progress Update
We’re officially two months into construction and so far crews are right on track! Here’s a progress update for Macleod Trail to Centre Street. This information is also available on our website.

Macleod Trail to 1 Street S.E.
Crews have completed underground utility work in this block and are now working on rebuilding and repairing the road on the north side of the street. This road work will be completed before Stampede, around July 5 (weather dependent).

1 Street S.E. to Centre Street
Crews are currently right on schedule and have already completed the replacement of the water and sanitary lines in this segment. Crews are working on connecting these new lines to properties on this block, which should be completed in about two weeks.

Upcoming Road Closure
There are two new road closures to accommodate utility work coming up that you should be aware of:

  • 1 Street S.E. will be reduced to one lane from 7 p.m. on Friday, June 16 to 10 p.m. on Sunday, June 17 to accommodate utility work.
  • Centre Street will be closed between 15 Avenue and 17 Avenue from 7 a.m. on Monday, June 19 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 1. Westbound 17 Avenue traffic will be detoured on 14 Avenue to 2 Street S.W. at this time. Vehicles will still be able to use the single eastbound business access only lane on 17 Avenue during this closure.

14 and 15 Avenues
One-way traffic was implemented on 14 and 15 Avenues on Thursday, June 8. 

Temporary traffic calming curb extensions should be installed next week and based on community feedback The City has started the initial design for bike lanes on 14 and 15 Avenues.

Read the entire “What We Heard” report from our open houses May 25 to June 6 here.

McHugh House Staff Hours
Starting Tuesday, June 20 project team members will begin staffed hours at McHugh House (1515 Centre Street). Whether you’re a nearby resident or a business owner feel free to come by and talk about the project and ask any questions you might have. Project team members will be there every Tuesday and Thursday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and the first and third Thursday evening of the month.

Staff hours for next 2 weeks:
Tuesday, June 20: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday, June 22: 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Tuesday, June 27: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday, June 29 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

1 Street SW Improvements
Construction on the 1 Street SW Corridor Improvement project has now begun with anticipated completion by Fall 2017.

This project will improve the streetscape for pedestrians and transit riders by providing wider sidewalks, more prominent crosswalks, upgraded LED pedestrian and street lighting, additional bike racks, increased number of on-street parking spaces and new tree plantings. The design builds on the existing character of the blocks located between 12 and 14 Avenues, extending the streetscape design along the full length of the corridor – from the CPR underpass to 17th Avenue.

The improvements will be completed in stages in a way that minimizes impacts to businesses, residents, pedestrians, and motorists.

You can find more information on this project at

Building Safety During Construction
The project team would like to remind everyone with a property or business along 17 Avenue S. to review their emergency access routes to ensure safe, easy access to muster points during construction. Crews will do everything they can to ensure safe access to sidewalks throughout construction.

Pocket Plaza Approved
You may have heard that City Council approved an application to develop a pocket plaza on 5A Street and 17 Avenue S.W.

The 17th Avenue Pocket Plaza project is a community-led initiative to reclaim an under-used space as a public place along one of Calgary’s main streets at the corner of 5A Street and 17 Avenue S.W.

The 17 Avenue S. construction team supports this revitalization of a public space and will be working with The City’s Urban Strategy division to coordinate construction of the plaza.

Business Support
To help support businesses through construction, we’re developed a marketing campaign, which began April 17:

  • Advertisements at the Victoria Park/Stampede station
  • Radio ads on five major radio stations and our partnership with X92.9
  • Geo-targeted online ads
  • Promotion through The City’s social media channels
  • Specialized wayfinding construction hoarding around work zones

Resources for business owners including updated project posters, postcards, and website banner will be available soon. More information will be available as the marketing plan develops further.

What to expect during 2017 and 2018 construction
In general, each block will see some of the same kind of construction work and impacts:

  • Temporarily remove on-street parking
  • A full closure (no traffic) or partial closure (one eastbound and one westbound lane remain open)
  • Ongoing heavy construction between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily (information on daily schedules will be available closer to April)
  • Sidewalks and pedestrian accesses will remain open to businesses along 17 Ave SW
  • Reopen traffic lanes and on-street parking once the road work phase is complete

As the contractor developed and refines their 2017 work schedule, more information will be available for each block. Find out when your block will be under construction on the 2017-2018 construction schedule.

17th Ave Construction Schedule

17th Ave Parking

17th Ave Project Vision

After thirty years, we’re reconstructing 17 Avenue S.W. and our plans are going to make it awesome for all of us, for decades to come. The construction will be between Macleod Trail S.E. and 14 Street S.W. to improve sidewalks, road design, and underground utilities.

17th Ave is one of Calgary’s most vibrant neighbourhoods to shop, eat, visit and do business.

If you have questions about the project or would like to receive project updates, feel free to email the project team:

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