Tuesday, December 13, 2011

New pedestrian bridge improves mobility for Calgarians on the city’s west side.

A new pedestrian bridge designed to improve safety and access for pedestrians and cyclists has opened over Bow Trail.

The 24 Street S.W. bridge replaces an old structure that was removed to facilitate West LRT construction. It is much wider than the old structure and offers more accessible pathway approaches with gradual inclines and curved ramps.

“The Contractor gave a real push to open this bridge for use through the winter and they did it,” said Darrell Norton, West LRT project director. “This fall has seen great progress on the project and sets us up for a productive 2012 construction season.”

The new pedestrian bridge spans all six lanes of Bow Trail and the LRT route, providing better access to bus stops on Bow Trail and connecting communities to the Bow River pathway system. Cyclists and pedestrians can access the bridge from the north side on 24 Street S.W. and on the south side from 25A Street S.W.

“The Calgary Transportation Plan identifies safe, barrier free access for pedestrians and cyclists to transit service and community amenities as key within its walking and cycling policy,” says Blanka Bracic, City of Calgary Transportation Engineer. “The new 24 Street pedestrian overpass provides cyclists and pedestrians a connection across Bow Trail near the new LRT Station, helping to make sustainable transportation the preferred choice for more people.”

The pedestrian bridge design meets Calgary’s regional pathway system standards. The approaching pathways were realigned to improve pedestrian and cyclist connections between communities.

The bridge’s off-set ellipsis design mirrors the West LRT station canopies, which are inspired by the Chinook arch and snow drifts, regular features of Calgary’s landscape.

Paving along the north pathway and permanent railing installation will be completed in spring 2012, as weather permits.

For more information, please visit westlrt.ca

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