The City of Calgary is moving forward on plans to revamp Calgary’s red mile between Macleod Trail SE and 14 Street SW.
17th avenue’s underground utilities will be replaced along the 2.5 kilometre stretch. East of 2 Street SW to Macleod Trail SE improved sidewalk space and pedestrian crossings will be added at all intersections, as well as new LED lighting and a new road design.
Project manager Logan Tolsma explains, “We’re approaching this project differently because of its unique surroundings. We’ve been meeting with businesses and learning about their priorities for the past year. That includes regular meetings with BRZs and a questionnaire for businesses. It allowed us to learn about their busy times, deliveries, access, patio locations- all the things that combined, results in their success”. Tolsma adds, “In the end, this information feeds directly into the construction planning.”
Shallow utility work will start this year followed by major work in 2017 and 2018. The $44 million budgeted project is the first of it’s kind in 30 years on 17th ave.