At noon today, the walkway on the west side of the underpass will re-open for pedestrians to enjoy new sidewalks, improved lighting, patched and repainted retaining walls, and integrated art work.
Now that the west side walkway is complete, work will shift to the underpass' east side for the second phase of construction.
Starting this weekend, the east side pedestrian walkway will be closed between 9 Avenue and 10 Avenue until the enhancements on that side are completed. During this time, pedestrians will be detoured to the newly enhanced west side walkway. One lane of northbound vehicle traffic will also be closed during construction on the east side.
Completion of the east side of the underpass is anticipated for this fall.
A key objective of the underpass enhancement project is to provide greater safety and comfort for pedestrians using the underpass walkway.
The improved lighting and integrated art will improve the pedestrian experience, and we expect these enhancements will encourage more people to walk between the Beltline and downtown each day.
These improvements bring new life to a railway structure that is over 100 years old!
We're thankful for the tremendous cooperation and patience received from area businesses and pedestrians through this first phase of construction.
1 Street S.W. underpass enhancement project is part of a broader underpass improvement program being implemented by The City to improve the pedestrian environment and underpass connections between the Beltline and downtown communities.
For more details about the project, go to www.calgary.ca/1stunderpass.