Friday, December 18, 2009

Calgary's new underpass to link downtown's east side

Calgary’s next underpass should “set the tone” for all future downtown underground routes according to the President and CEO of the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC).

The Fourth Street Underpass project is preparing for construction for the pedestrian friendly underpass that will link the city’s East Village to Stampede Park between ninth and 11th avenue S.E. in time for Calgary’s Stampede centennial in 2012.

“It will be a good looking piece of infrastructure,” said Chris Ollenberger, “We’re working hard to integrate light and art for the pedestrian friendly underpass.”

According to CMLC’s website “the underpass design will form the basis for a future transit node supporting greater integration between public transit, pedestrians, and cycling. It will also accommodate a future public light-rail transit alignment and high-speed rail facilities.” The underpass will have two wide pedestrian lanes, four bicycle lanes and four vehicle traffic lanes and feature a plaza on one end.

“This will drastically change the ability to move in downtown Calgary’s East side,” said Ollenberger.

Created by Calgary City Council, the CMLC was incorporated in the spring of 2007 as a wholly owned subsidiary of the City of Calgary. CMLC's mandate is to implement and execute the Rivers District Community Revitalization Plan, a public infrastructure program approved by The City of Calgary and the Province of Alberta to kick-start Calgary's urban renewal.

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