City of Calgary Construction Project Updates

Schedule Update
We’ve opened three blocks, since our last newsletter. The remaining blocks are still on track to open by the dates below:

  • Macleod Trail to 1 Street S.E. – Road and parking OPEN
  • 1 Street S.E. to Centre Street – Road and parking OPEN
  • Centre Street to 1 Street S.W. – week of November 6
  • 1 Street S.W. to 2 Street S.W. – week of November 6
  • 2 Street S.W. to 4 Street S.W. – week of October 30 (crews returning in 2018 to finish road and sidewalk work).
  • 4 Street S.W. to 5 Street S.W. – Road and parking OPEN (crews returning in 2018 to finish road and sidewalk repair work).

For more information on the schedule visit Calgary.ca/17Avenue.

Progress Update

Macleod Trail to 1 Street S.E. (open): Over the weekend, crews completed enough work to open the road and on-street parking, including: concrete/sidewalk work, tree planting, paving and road marking. Remaining minor work will wrap up over the next few weeks, with minimal impacts to traffic and parking.

1 Street S.E. to Centre Street (open): Over the weekend, crews completed enough work to open the road and on-street parking, including: concrete/sidewalk work, tree planting, paving and road marking. Remaining minor work will wrap up over the next few weeks, with minimal impacts to traffic and parking.

Centre Street to 1 Street S.W. (full road closure): Crews are replacing the sidewalks on the north side of the street in this block. Crews are scheduled to finish the concrete work by the end of the week, followed by street light installation and tree planting. Next week, crews will start removing the old sidewalk on the south side of the street.

1 Street S.W. to 2 Street S.W. (full road closure): Crews are continuing work on replacing the sidewalk on the north side of the street in this block. Crews are scheduled to finish the concrete work by the end of the week.

2 Street S.W. to 4 Street S.W.: Paving began over the weekend on the north side of the street. Road work in this block is still ongoing. Spring 2018 work will include finishing the sidewalks and street lighting, plus paving the south eastbound traffic lane.

NOTE: While crews are working to complete this year’s work, as a per the schedule above, crews were not working Sunday to comply with Alberta Occupational Health & Safety regulations, because of crews working over the Thanksgiving weekend to complete intersection work.

WEATHER: As we’re heading into fall, weather can have an impact on completion dates. Some work scheduled to be completed this year may be completed in spring 2018.

Visit Calgary.ca/trafficinfo or follow us on twitter @yyctransport for up to date lane closure details.

2018 Schedule
As we complete the work in 2017, we are starting to plan the schedule for 2018. We will be engaging with the 17th Ave BIA and a number of stakeholders along the Avenue to review the lessons that we’ve learned from this year’s work, and help plan the 2018 construction season. Our goal is to have the 2018 construction schedule prepared and publicly available before the 17th Ave BIA Annual General Meeting in November.

Visiting 17th Ave!
All your favourite 17th Ave businesses are open during construction and pedestrian access will always be maintained for the duration of construction. Be sure to watch for signs or ask a flag person for help.

Don’t forget to use our interactive map at Calgary.ca/17Avenue to find out the best way to get to 17th Ave and find out where to park!

We’re Available
We’re always available, so if you have any questions, or would like to set up a meeting email us at cityofcalgary17@calgary.ca.

17th Avenue Business Owner Testimonial
As a business owner of a restaurant that is directly affected by the current construction on 17 Avenue, I would like to take this opportunity to commend (The City) team. 

While dealing with construction and road closures is never ideal, the teams at both Highline and Volker Stevin (City of Calgary contractors) have been excellent at trying to keep the negative impacts to a minimum. Highline needed to limit access to by business for one day, but met with me beforehand to figure out the best day and time for my business. Their ongoing communication of what has been done and what the next steps are, has been great for my peace of mind. Volker Stevin has been diligent at maintaining access to my restaurant.”

Erin Mueller
Owner, Naina’s Kitchen (121 17th Ave S.E.)

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: cityofcalgary17@calgary.ca.

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