The City of Calgary is hosting several information sessions this week to discuss construction planned for 17 Avenue S.W., work that unfortunately coincides with the Flames playoffs.
The first stage of construction begins between Macleod Trail and 1st St. S.E. on April 17th which will make for some challenges along the the Red Mile.
The stretch of road will be closed to traffic, but the city says pedestrians will still be able to go back and forth from the Saddledome to 17th Ave. watering holes.
Logan Tolsma, Project manager with the City of Calgary told Global News they’ve been meeting with Calgary Police to coordinate for the playoffs.
“Our major concern right now is pedestrian access and safety. What we’ll be doing is making sure our site is safe and secure and that people can get around and access the avenue when they come down from the Flames’ run, ” said Tolsma.
Construction between Macleod Trail S.E. and 14 Street S.W. will take place over the next two years.
According to the city, the work includes improvements to the sidewalks, crosswalks, new lighting features, a new road design, and upgrades to underground utilities for current and future development.
“The most important thing that we want to make sure everyone knows is that pedestrians can still access their businesses that they like to dine and shop at,” project manager Logan Tolsma told Global News.
“At the end of this year we’ll be taking all of our lessons learned and going back to meet with the businesses that we’ve been working with [to] re-evaluate and make sure we know what worked and what didn’t.”
The total cost of the project is pegged at $44 million.
The information sessions will be held at the ATB Financial in the 1100 block of 17 Avenue S.W. from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on April 5, 7 and 8.
For more information about what to expect during construction and the construction schedule, you can visit Calgary.ca/17avenue.
With files from Doug Vaessen