Short on time, long on ingenuity, this creative approach to design and construction focused on community and quick turnaround
In September 2016, the City of Calgary received funding to connect 17 Avenue SE to 9 Avenue SE. The goal? Provide the estimated 60,000 people living in future developments along the route with a downtown connection. The two-phase project will introduce a bus rapid transitway (BRT)—dedicated bus lanes that will later transition into a light rail transit path with six stops.
Funding for Phase II, the westerly extension, came with a condition: construction needed to be complete by the end of 2018, meaning there was only a year and a half to finalize designs and break ground. On that tight timeline, we brought a construction manager in early on and prioritized and placed all three bridges over the winter. The three bridges crossed Deerfoot Trail, the city’s busiest roadway, and the Bow River, the city’s largest waterway. Work included geotechnical, storm water management, flood mitigation, landscaping, utility relocation, and heavy environmental and historical assessment services.
We hosted open houses, community meetings, media tours, and maintained a project update webpage. Though, the true success was the integration of construction into design and the teamwork required to do so. When completed, this transportation connection will keep Calgary’s growing community connected with its downtown core.
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