City of Calgary Construction Project Updates


Project Update 

Replacement of the water and sanitary lines between Macleod Trail and 1 Street S.E. is complete. Road work on the north side of the street will begin on this block starting next week and take approximately 6 to 8 weeks to complete. This will be followed by road work on the south side of the street and sidewalk replacement.

Crews will be doing water and sanitary service connections on the south side of 17 Avenue in this block over the next couple of days. This will result in a partial closure of the business access only lane between Macleod Trail and 1 Street S.E. Access to businesses will be maintained. There will be flag people at the each end of the block directing traffic and showing people how to access driveways.

Crews have begun work on the second block between 1 Street S.E. and Centre Street and will be excavating the road later this week.

More information on the construction schedule can be found here and information on how to navigate works zones is available online here.

Visit us at McHugh House to learn more about 14 & 15 Avenues

Last week The City decided to postpone the implementation of one-way traffic on 14 and 15 Avenues to further review the detour design.

Come chat with members of the project team to learn more about how one-way traffic will be implemented and the different traffic calming measures we are exploring to ensure that no matter if you’re walking, cycling or driving 14 and 15 Avenue will still be accessible and safe.

Stop by McHugh House any time between 12 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from May 25 to June 6.

You can find more information and a FAQ here.

Emergency Water Main Repair

17 Avenue is reduced to one lane in each direction east of 5 Street S.W. to accommodate a water main break. City crews are working to repair the water main and are keeping nearby businesses aware of any potential water outages that may occur.

This work is an emergency repair and not part of this project. The 17 Avenue reconstruction project will replace old water lines over the next three to four years, preventing these types of failures in the future.

For up to date information on lane closures related to this repair visit Calgary.ca/trafficinfo or follow @yyctransport on twitter.

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 calgary.ca/1StCorridor.

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 way finding 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 7am and 7pm 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: cityofcalgary17@calgary.ca.

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