Friday, April 7, 2017

"Complete Streets" improvements coming to Northmount Drive, Bowness Road and East Central this summer

Since 2015, The City has been working with communities to develop complete street improvement plans for several roads, including Northmount Drive N.W. and Bowness Road N.W. As part of a regular maintenance program, both roads are slated for repaving so The City used the opportunity to work with citizens and reconfigure the road space.

The City is also implementing a complete street project in the East Central area of the city, which include both pedestrian and bicycle enhancements.

Complete Streets is an approach to street design that strives to accommodate all modes of transportation including walking, cycling, transit and driving. 

Northmount Drive N.W.

Through engagement with the community and stakeholders The City updated the design to better reflect the concerns that were heard about the corridor. With increased scope and costs for the updated design, The City will phase construction on Northmount Drive N.W., starting this year with Phase 1 at the 14 Street N.W. intersection.

Phase 1, from Cambrian Drive N.W. to Carol Drive N.W., will consist of safety and operational improvements at the intersection. This will include adding a transit queue jump, a lengthened left-turn lane from westbound Northmount Drive N.W. to southbound 14 Street N.W. and a bicycle connection through the busy intersection. The intersection will also be re-paved to improve the surface quality of the roadway.

Construction is being coordinated with other City departments (Calgary Transit and Roads) to save costs and minimize impact to the community. The remainder of the corridor will be constructed as funding becomes available. Final plans and construction information will be posted on the project webpage this summer.

Bowness Road N.W.

Construction on the Bowness Road N.W. Phase 2 Complete Street project is an extension of the first phase of the Bowness Road Complete Street upgrade (from 70 Street to 48 Avenue N.W.) This work is being done so people walking, cycling, taking transit and driving are able to safely and conveniently travel through the community.

The project includes curb extensions, pedestrian crossing islands, painted crosswalks and rectangular rapid flashing beacons along Bowness Road. Traffic calming improvements are also included on Bowwood Drive at 64 Street N.W. and 33 Avenue N.W.

The City will also be installing dedicated bike lanes from 69 Street N.W. to the Shouldice/John Hextall Bridges and making pathway improvements at the CP Rail underpass. The road will be re-paved and transit stop locations are also being upgraded to handle articulated buses.
Final plans and construction information will be posted on the project webpage this summer.

East Central Calgary

The City is also planning a bikeway network in East Central Calgary. Throughout the engagement process, the public helped The City identify where walking, cycling and traffic improvements could be made in the area. The resulting network includes two east-west routes and one north-south route, with safety improvements for people walking and cycling. The first phase of construction will begin this summer.

Phase 1 includes improvements for people cycling and walking on Marlborough Way N.E. / 40 Street S.E. (north-south route) and on 8 Avenue S.E. / 10 Avenue S.E. (east-west route). Final plans and construction information will be posted on the project webpage this summer.

Phase 2 will be constructed when funding becomes available, and will extend this network to several other roads in the area. This will include a second east-west connection from Barlow Trail N.E. to Madigan Drive N.E. as well as other improvements in the area.

Engagement

These projects engaged citizens on what the streets could look like, with the understanding that they would safely accommodate all travel modes. 

For Northmount Drive N.W., over 500 people attended the engagement events and over 1,000 in-person and online feedback forms were collected. 

For Bowness Road N.W., the project team worked closely with the Business Revitalization Zone (BRZ), held two stakeholder meetings, a walking tour and two public workshops. In total, 99 people attended engagement events and over 280 feedback forms were submitted. 

For East Central, nearly 60 people attended the engagement events and over 120 in-person and online feedback forms were collected. 

The What We Heard reports and online feedback summaries are available on the Northmount Drive N.W. Improvement ProjectBowness Road N.W. Complete Street Phase 2 and East Central Calgary project web pages. Detailed design is currently being completed for all projects.

Visit calgary.ca for ongoing updates. 

1 comment:

  1. Thanks! That 14 St NW intersection is challenging for some cyclists and pedesetrians with long crossing distances never mind the eastbound buses having to get from the right lane across two lanes of traffic to turn left up Northmount.

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