The City is doing several construction projects, called Enabling Works, to get ready for the Green Line LRT.
One of these projects proposes closing the 69 Avenue S.E. crossing at CP, widening 78 Avenue S.E. to three lanes (east of Ogden Road), and building an underpass to connect 78 Avenue S.E. under the CP and future Green Line LRT tracks to Ogden Dale Road.
- 69 Avenue S.E. crossing of CP proposed to close to accommodate future CP operations
- 78 Avenue S.E. would become new connection between Ogden Road and Ogden Dale Road
- 78 Avenue S.E. would be widened to three lanes by 2020 and widened later (~2040) to four lanes
- New signals would be placed at the intersection of Ogden Road and 78 Avenue S.E.
- A new underpass on 78 Avenue S.E. under the CP and Green Line LRT tracks would accommodate traffic
UPDATE: March 2018
Click here to view the informational boards that were shown at our March 2018 events.
At our engagement sessions in November we heard that you are concerned about:
- Safety of children
- Proximity of park space to underpass
- Increased traffic in the community
- Truck route on 78 Ave S.E.
In response to your feedback, some changes have been made and further information has been provided:
- The team is recommending that the truck route currently on 69 Ave S.E. not be replaced after 69 Ave S.E. is closed. This means that our recommendation is that 78 Ave S.E. not become a truck route. The Green Line team will be reviewing this recommendation with the trucking community and moving it through the Council approval process, which could take several months. We will inform the community of the outcome of this discussion.
- The park/playground space would be fenced along 78 Ave S.E. and the playground would be improved, with new benches and a new look for the playground.
- We will also improve the nearby basketball court with new hoops, new pavement and some new landscaping.
- Traffic modeling shows that, once the underpass is open, traffic volumes on 78 Ave S.E. east of Ogden Rd would be approximately half of the present day volumes on 76 Ave S.E. between 18 St S.E. and Ogden Rd. It is estimated that by 2028, the traffic volumes on 78 Ave will be the same as the present day traffic volumes on 76 Ave S.E. Both roads have similar speed and pedestrian crossing conditions.
- The pedestrian crossing at 27 St S.E. would initially be a marked crosswalk, as the projected traffic and pedestrian volumes at that site do not warrant greater traffic control devices. Once the road is operational, The City would monitor the intersection to determine whether additional traffic control devices are warranted. This is the standard practice for new pedestrian crossings for The City of Calgary.
What are "Enabling Works"?
In December 2016, the Federal and Provincial Government committed more than $250 million to fund a series of Enabling Works for the Green Line LRT.
Projects such as utility relocations, land preparation, environmental remediation and transit improvements typically require long lead times ample resources. Proactively completing these projects in advance of major Green Line construction will help manage project timelines and risks, and will allow future Green Line construction to occur more efficiently.
Types of Enabling Works projects include: land preparation, heavy rail projects, transit improvements, environmental remediation, and utility relocations.
What is the Green Line LRT?
The Green Line is Calgary’s next light rail transit (LRT) line, and one of the highest public transit infrastructure priorities for the city. The Green Line is designed to be both a transit system and a platform for development and City Shaping; it will provide efficient service and connections to destinations throughout the city, and areas where people can live affordably with access to amenities, services and sustainable mobility options.
The Green Line will be an important piece of Calgary's transit network, adding 46 kilometres of track to the existing 59 kilometre LRT system.
End-to-end, it will connect communities between Keystone and Seton to downtown and various other destinations along the way. Once the full alignment is built, the line will carry an estimated 240,000 trips per day.
The Green Line will provide direct connections to the new South Health Campus, new recreation centres, major employment centres, the new $168 million National Music Centre, the new $245 million Central Library, Stampede Park, and several business revitalization zones. The Green Line will also integrate with future rail connection to the Calgary International Airport, which is in the midst of a $2 billion expansion.
Stage 1 construction
On June 26, 2017, City Council approved the full vision for the Green Line LRT, including the full 46 km route from 160 Avenue N to Seton and 28 stations. Construction on the first 20 km is anticipated to begin in 2020, and will extend from 16 Avenue N (Crescent Heights) to 126 Avenue SE (Shepard). This first stage of construction is expected to be complete by 2026. Once the first stage is complete, the line will be expanded incrementally to the north and southeast as additional funds become available.
Images of the proposed project
PROVIDE YOUR INPUT
The project team has made changes based on the input your provided in Phase One. We are now seeking final input on the subjects of "safety" and "neighbourhood improvements". To provide your input, first review the information shared at our March 2018 events by clicking here. After reviewing the information, please share your comments below.
78 Avenue Phase Two Feedback
Past engagement events
We returned to the community for a second round of engagement on March 15 and 22. Click here to view the informational boards that were shown at our March 2018 events.
The project team is considering your input in evaluating the project and is looking for opportunities to incorporate it. If things have been suggested that we are unable to do, we will explain why in our final summary report.
Phase One events
Event #1: November 16, for adjacent residents
This event is now closed. 72 guests attended this event.
Event #2: November 23 6:00-9:00 p.m. Located at the Glenmore Inn, in the Glenmore East rooms
This event is now closed. 187 guests attended this event.
Phase Two events
Event #1: March 15, for adjacent residents
This event is now closed. 37 guests attended this event.
Event #2: March 22 6:00-9:00 p.m. Located at the Glenmore Inn, in the Glenmore Centre and East rooms
This event is now closed. 61 guests attended this event.