Thursday, June 30, 2016

Long weekend construction closures: July 1 - July 3


Long weekends give us the opportunity to get extra work in and minimize the disruption to commuters.
In addition to some ongoing large infrastructure projects such as the Trans-Canada Highway/ Bowfort Road N.W. Interchange, the Glenmore Trail / Ogden Road S.E. Interchange, the Crowchild Trail/Flanders Avenue S.W. and the Macleod Trail 162 Avenue S projects, there are a number of other projects happening which Calgarians should be aware of. Keep in mind, weather can play a factor in construction, and schedules can change due to inclement weather.
Northeast

Edmonton Trail is scheduled for paving this weekend, weather permitting. Motorists will be impacted on Saturday and Sunday.

  • Edmonton Trail N.E. is reduced to a single lane in each direction from 16 Avenue N.E. to 14 Avenue N.E. from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 2.
  • Edmonton Trail N.E. is reduced to a single lane in each direction between 14 Avenue N.E. and 4 Avenue N.E. from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 2.
  • Edmonton Trail N.E. is reduced to a single lane in each direction between 5 Avenue N.E. and Memorial Drive from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 3.
For more information visit Calgary.ca/paving.


Southeast


  • Barlow Trail between 50 Avenue S.E. and 61 Avenue S.E. will be closed from 6 a.m. Friday, July 1 until 9:00 p.m. Saturday, July 2 for C.P Rail replacement, paving repairs and concrete work. Local traffic will be detoured to 52 Street S.E. via 50 Avenue S.E. and 61 Avenue S.E. to bypass the construction. Alternate routes are recommended as delays are expected.
  • Northbound Bonaventure Drive S.E. is reduced to a single lane north of Lake Bonavista Drive S.E. beginning at 7 a.m. on Friday, July 1. This closure continues until 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 2 and accommodates road work.
Southwest

  • 2 Street S.W. is closed between 15 Avenue and 18 Avenue S.W. beginning at 7 a.m. on Friday, July 1. This closure remains in place until 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 3 and accommodates construction.
  • 14 Street S.W. is reduced to a single lane in each direction between 17 Avenue S.W. and 19 Avenue S.W. beginning at 7 a.m. on Saturday, July 2. This closure continues until 10 p.m. on Sunday, July 3 and accommodates construction.
We would like to thank motorists for their patience during road construction, and remind them to slow down in construction zones. For more information on road closures, visit Calgary.ca/trafficinfo, or for up to the minute closure information, follow @yyctransport on Twitter.


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

5 reasons you definitely should NOT go to #OCanadaYYC festivities

  1. You may be overwhelmed with your own Canadian-ness.
    Break your toques out and get ready to cheer your friends over pints of maple syrup (ok, maybe don’t get THAT excited, we hear maple syrup doesn’t go down that well as a drink). With events like our Aboriginal Powwow at Prince’s Island Park, cultural performances at Chinatown, and chances to dress up like a Mountie at Fort Calgary, at some point you will find it SO impossible not to gush with pride for our great nation that you’ll be finishing every sentence with “eh”.
  2. You might fall into a food-truck coma. With delicious treats from food trucks at Fort Calgary and Prince’s Island Park, we can’t guarantee you won’t fall into a delicious and satisfying food-truck coma. Indulge in refreshing gelato, flavour-packed Asian noodles and mind-blowing perogies. Fort Calgary will also be hosting a pancake breakfast and the first 1000 people at Eau Claire Market will get free ice cream.
  3. Your selfie game will be so strong your friends will unfollow you.
    Give a new meaning to #squadgoals by rep’ing Canada’s colours with 1,000 of your closest friends at the Living Flag photo opp. Send the most patriotic snaps you can with our #OCanadaYYC Snapchat filters. And get gym-selfie ready by hitting the free fitness classes at Prince’s Island Park. By the end of the day, your friends will be wondering how they can ever top your real-Canadian selfie game.
  4. You’ll discover so many great Canadian bands, that your next playlist will be too big for your phone. Experience a true Fallback Friday by checking out 80s & 90s hits from The Grapes of Wrath. Deep-dive into synthy indie-pop tunes from the Zolas. And folk-rock it out to the sweet sounds of Joel Plaskett Emergency. You’ll be so spellbound by the talent at the Riverfront Stage that you’ll be racing home to create a great Canadian playlist. But even if the playlist won’t fit on your phone, you can rest comfortably in knowing you got to experience it all live.
  5. Our fireworks might – quite literally – take your breath away.
    Nestle into your favourite fireworks watching spot, tune into 101.5 Kool FM and Wild 95.3 FM for music synchronized to our fireworks show, and end #OCanadaYYC with a bang. With a backdrop of Calgary’s skyline and the Canada Rockies, it’s likely that you’ll be left breathless, at a loss for words, or even shedding a single tear as you watch fireworks ignite the horizon.
Submitted by Regan Ogilvie, Customer Service & Communications


Friday, June 24, 2016

New technologies increase accessibility for pedestrians

Most Calgarians are familiar with the chirping sound that accompanies the pedestrian walk signal at many of Calgary’s intersections. These sounds are referred to as an accessible pedestrian signal (APS), and they help pedestrians with visual impairments to safely cross the street. Currently, there over 150 accessible pedestrian signals across Calgary. A new pilot program is hoping to add a few more intersections to that list, and use new technologies to make Calgary intersections more accessible.

The City is piloting new accessible pedestrian signal technology at six different intersections across the city. New features include:
  • A locator tone, which is a soft audible beeping sound. It will always be on to help visually impaired pedestrians identify a crosswalk with accessible features.
  • Arrows that will indicate to pedestrians which direction they are crossing. The arrows have tactile features and vibrate when the walk signal is on, which helps pedestrians who are hearing impaired.
  • Audible tones that automatically adjust to ambient noise. Currently APS are only programmed to be used during certain hours of the day to minimize disruption to nearby residents overnight. Automatic adjustments to ambient sound will allow the APS to be activated at all times.
Project manager Janet Ho says the project will benefit all Calgarians. “These new signals are a simple and effective way to make the city more accessible. Everyone should feel safe when they’re crossing the street, and these new accessible signals will help with that.”

Two of the six new signals have been installed, with four more to be put in shortly. Over the next three months, the City will monitor how the new signals are being used to evaluate how the program will move forward.

You can find the new APS located at:
  • Northmount Drive and 4 Street N.W.
  • 12 Avenue S.W. and 9 Street S.W.
  • 13 Avenue S.W. and 4 Street S.W.
  • Richmond Road and 50 Street S.W.
  • 7 Avenue S.E. and 1 Street S.E.
  • Riverbend Gate/Riverglen Drive and 18 Street S.E.

For more information about the new signals, visit calgary.ca.


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Transport industry hails new S.E. connector road

For Gene Orlick, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA), the completion of the 61 Avenue Extension in Calgary’s southeast industrial area couldn’t come soon enough.

Gene Orlick
“We’re extremely pleased The City of Calgary has completed this connector project as it provides an accessible east-west link for motorists and truckers alike,” said Orlick, who is also owner of Orlick Transport Services.

“This effectively accomplishes the goal of reaching the major distribution centres and transportation corridors in southeast Calgary on a timely basis, and alleviates a great deal of congestion on Stoney Trail allowing motorists to move freely.”

“The motor transport industry will certainly benefit from this new roadway.”

Orlick was one of the participants at an opening event that was held earlier today, June 23, to celebrate the completion of a new road which will help to open up an area in southeast Calgary to industry and business. The 61 Avenue S.E. Extension officially opens to traffic on June 24.



The project included the construction of a two-lane road from the existing flyover at Southeast Ring Road to 68 Street S.E., a new four-lane road from 68 Street to 57 Street S.E., and a new four-lane bridge over Forest Lawn Creek.

Ward 9 Councillor Gian-Carlo Carra also attended the opening and said, “The completion of this project provides for better transportation of people, goods and services, and will energize growth of future and planned development in the area.”

“I’m also excited that the project provides for pedestrian movement along 61 Avenue, including a Regional pathway which will ultimately connect with Ralph Klein Park,” added Carra.

Mac Logan, The City’s General Manager of Transportation, stressed the emphasis on environmental protection and improvements.

“The project team made sure that the sensitive environmental elements were well protected, recognizing that the project would have some affect on local wetlands. Working with Alberta Environment and The City’s Parks department, all mitigation strategies available were applied to minimize any impacts.”

Some of the key environmental protection initiatives included construction of a longer bridge over Forest Lawn Creek to allow for safer movement of animals along the creek and upgrades to the wetlands area along 61 Avenue.

For more details, go to www.calgary.ca/61AveExtension.

Award-winners build bridges of understanding between cultures

Shawna Cunningham and Jolene Houle are passionate about their Aboriginal culture, what it means for their communities and for all of Calgary.

Left to right: Shawna Cunningham, Mayor Nenshi and Jolene Houle
Today, the Calgary Aboriginal Urban Affairs Committee (CAUAC) and The City of Calgary recognized these two exceptional women with the Chief David Crowchild Memorial Award and Aboriginal Youth Achievement Award respectively.

These awards honour those who build bridges of understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultures. 

2016 Winner of Chief David Crowchild Memorial Award

Shawna Cunningham is an educator with a focus on Aboriginal student success and empowerment. She is currently the director of the Native Centre at the University of Calgary. As director, Shawna expanded the centre from a place for gathering to a robust hub that offers programming and creates awareness for the greater university community. 

Shawna’s efforts have built cross-cultural learning and understanding between traditionally Western academia and Indigenous Knowledge and Aboriginal Ways of Knowing. Shawna continues to promote Indigenous cultural activities and ways to non-Indigenous Calgarians inviting all people to attend and learn together.

“This award speaks to collaboration, culture, and community and I am very honoured to have been selected,” says Shawna. “I’ve spent most of my professional career working with and for Aboriginal students in the post-secondary system and have seen the disparity between the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community in the areas of education and employment."

"To close the gap, I believe we need to seek out and build strong collaborative partnerships with Aboriginal and non-aboriginal organizations to ensure our youth have a bright future, full of opportunity and a sense of pride, peace, and wellness.” 

2016 Winner of CAUAC Youth Achievement Award 

Fifteen-year-old Jolene Houle is a Grade 11 student at Bishop O’Byrne High School. 

She has been attending the Metis Calgary Family Services Society Aboriginal Students Program for four years and is passionate about sharing her Aboriginal culture with teachers and classmates. She actively works to raise awareness about both her culture and the social issues facing Indigenous people. 

Jolene is a keen learner and has become a mentor and guide for other students in the program passing on her love of learning through teaching others. She demonstrates the values of the program through her continued participation and her eagerness to find extra ways to continue being involved. 

This summer Jolene is taking part in the “Summer Media Program,” learning how to make and tell stories. Jolene has also been appointed as a delegate for the Miss Teen Canada Globe Pageant. She plans to showcase her culture, one of her talents and give a speech about mental health with a focus on Aboriginal youth. 

“This award means a lot to me because it acknowledges my hard work to help others and their well being,” says Jolene. “It’s important to me to be involved in my culture because it positively affects my daily life and I feel blessed by having a relationship with the Creator.”