Thursday, April 13, 2017

Paving the way for a better 17 Avenue S

The City of Calgary is investing in 17 Avenue S. by upgrading utilities, the roadway and the public realm including sidewalks, street lights and more. Construction on 17 Avenue is set to begin the week of April 17 (weather dependent).

“You know 17th Ave as one of Calgary’s most popular destinations,” project manager, Logan Tolsma said. “And we want to keep it that way by giving the avenue some much needed upgrades.”

Work on the avenue is expected to last three to four years. In 2017, construction will begin at Macleod Trail and move west to 5 Street S.W.

What to expect

We’ll be upgrading water and sanitary lines that are nearly 100 years old and rebuilding the road, which is at the end of its lifecycle. All this work takes time and coordination. Full road closures on each block is necessary, while road and utility work is happening. The street will begin to reopen to traffic during sidewalk work.

Businesses on 17th Ave will remain open and accessible throughout construction. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times so Calgarians can still get to their favourite destinations.

“All this work is necessary so 17 Avenue S. can continue serving Calgary and businesses for decades to come, but the work still needs to happen,” Logan explains. “It’s not ideal, but we’ll continue to work with businesses and communities in the area, to ensure they supported throughout construction.”

People driving downtown can use an interactive map online that will show them where to find parking and how to navigate the work zone.

What about the playoffs?

The City has been working closely with the Calgary Police Service to determine how to safely maintain access to 17 Avenue S., or the Red Mile, during the playoffs.

Pedestrian access throughout construction is a priority, so The City will ensure sidewalks are free and clear for people walking on 17 Avenue S. and to and from the Saddledome..

People driving in the area will have to watch for detour signs or can plan ahead using the interactive online map.

For more information on the project vision and schedule visit

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