About The Project
The 5th Street S.W. Underpass is a relatively new underpass designed to accommodate vehicular, pedestrian and cycle traffic. Currently, the underpass is both structurally and functionally sound and is not in need of major technical improvements.
The underpass is located on 5 Street S.W. between 10 and 9 Avenues S.W., between the communities of Beltline and Downtown Calgary. The site is unique due to its historical context of the site pre-settlement, the significance of the railway, adjacent land-uses, transportation, and local character.
The 5 Street S.W. underpass is a popular connection for pedestrians and cyclists. Built in the 1970s, it serves as a main gateway and key corridor for north-south movement between the communities of Beltline and Downtown Calgary. Currently the underpass’ cycle track averages over 1,185 riders each day with as many as 2,500 riders during peak days. More than 6,500 pedestrians pass under the rail tracks each day.
The goal of this project is to provide a safe, well-lit underpass to improve the overall user experience while promoting increased pedestrian and cyclist movement between the Beltline and Downtown communities. Creative use of inexpensive, durable materials that are easily maintained, readily available, with proven performance in our climate can help improve this experience. We will explore integrated public art, strategic lighting concepts to help provide year-round visual interest, day and night, as well as explore sustainable design solutions.