Thursday, August 12, 2010

Construction begins on 4th Street S.E. Underpass

Construction on the 4th Street S.E. Underpass officially began today at the groundbreaking ceremony between 9th Avenue S.E. and 11th Avenue S.E.

The new underpass - considered a critical piece of transportation Infrastructure that will link East Village and downtown Calgary to the southern beltline area - will connect Olympic Way SE at 11th Avenue S.E. near Stampede Park with 4th Street S.E. at 9th Avenue S.E. by descending below the CP Rail tracks.

"Anyone who has experienced the traffic congestion leaving a Calgary Flames game will immediately appreciate the benefits (of this underpass)," said Chris Ollenberger, Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) President and CEO.

“Additionally, the new corridor considers the requirements of future retail and mixed use developments being planned along 4th Street S.E. inside East Village and along Olympic Way In Stampede Park."

The $70 million infrastructure initiative, a joint effort of CMLC and The City of began two years ago with relocation or lowering of significant underground utility works, relocation of approximately 3,500 meters of rail storage tracks from downtown to the Highfield Industrial area, lowering 9th Avenue S.E., and preparing for new sidewalks and bicycle lanes in the area.

The underpass is scheduled to open to traffic in late 2012.

Apart from wide, pedestrian-friendly sidewalks and dedicated bicycle lanes, the underpass Will feature special LED lighting and artwork installation on the tunnel walls to make the space lighter and less intimidating.

The cost of the underpass development is shared by CM LC and the City of Calgary's Transportation Infrastructure Investment Plan (TIIP), with CMLC committing $42 million and The City contributing $28 million.

Through a competitive tendering process, Graham Construction was awarded the contract to build the 4th Street S.E. Underpass. The structural design of the underpass was undertaken by Stantec Consulting Ltd. and Buckland & Taylor Ltd, with architectural considerations undertaken by Broadway Malyan and Marshall Tittemore Architects. blog post: Calgary's new underpass to link downtown's east side

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