Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Calgarians celebrate revitalized 16 Avenue North

By: Adrian Oruclar

16 Avenue North between 14 Street N.W. and 6 Street N.E. has undergone a major redevelopment to enhance mobility and quality of life in surrounding areas, and The City is encouraging Calgarians to check out the completed redevelopment. At the Connect 16 community event held on Saturday, June 19, local residents and businesses came out to reconnect and celebrate the bright future of 16 Avenue North.

The roadway has been widened from four to six lanes, but that’s just one of the improvements that have been made along the corridor.

After extensive input from the communities surrounding 16 Avenue, the original plans to widen the road were revised to include a new center median, improved lighting and signal upgrades, and the creation of a pedestrian friendly atmosphere with wider sidewalks and more trees. Additionally, engagement with local communities resulted in traffic management plans being developed to address access and circulation needs.

During Saturday’s event, members of the community took in the sunny weather at the Balmoral School grounds while enjoying a pancake breakfast, live entertainment and activities for children.

“What we really wanted with this event was to reconnect residents and businesses along 16 Avenue and let Calgarians know that the corridor is ready to be explored,” said Jennifer de Vries, Communications Strategist with Transportation.

“We consider this event to have been a huge success, and this wouldn’t have been possible without the support of local businesses and members of the community.”

To hear the story of 16 Avenue North directly from individuals who live and work along the corridor, check out the below video.

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