The City of Calgary’s transportation networks will be a major focus for construction crews in the coming year.

“The population of the city of Calgary continues to grow, and the City of Calgary and the Government of Alberta must continue to invest in our infrastructure – especially as population demand continues,” said Bill Black, president of the Calgary Construction Association (CCA).

City officials highlighted some of the major projects they will be working on throughout the year.

Crews have returned this spring to finish construction of the two new interchanges at Airport Trail with 19th Street and with Barlow Trail N.E.

This project will complete the link between Deerfoot Trail and Stoney Trail, offering drivers more options to travel east Calgary.

Black explained this project is essential to connecting the city with highways, ring roads and large warehouses on the east side. He noted it highlights Calgary as an “inland-port.”

Workers will continue construction for the second season on the Eau Claire Area Improvements projects, which include the replacement of the Jaipur Bridge, building the Downtown Flood Barrier and Eau Claire Promenade, and the redesigned Eau Claire Plaza.

Black explained it was important also to see improvements to the city’s downtown core.

“We look forward to seeing infrastructure upgrades that support both future growth, community vibrancy and development,” he said.

Crews will also continue construction of the first short-term North Central BRT improvement – the North Pointe Park and Ride Lot Improvements project – which began in fall 2021 in the community of Country Hills. Safety and accessibility enhancements such as a new transit-only lane and lot entrance, pedestrian sidewalks and lighting will be added.

Bridges will be a major focus as well. Crews will conduct rehabilitation work on Centre Street Lower Deck, 16 Ave/University Drive N.W., Shouldice (Hextal) N.W. Pedestrian Bridge and McKnight Blvd/east of Centre Street N.E. Street Pedestrian Bridge.

CTrain stations will receive maintenance. This work will include new concrete in areas that need repairs, repainting, deep cleaning, lighting improvements and track maintenance.

In the city’s northwest, the 144 Avenue N.W. improvements project will see the construction of a 1.2 kilometre extension of 144 Avenue N.W. between Symons Valley Road and 24 Street N.W., a bridge crossing over West Nose Creek and an expansion to the pathway system linked to the 5A Network. A key part of this project, explained the city, will be facilitating east-west transit connections with the future Green Line LRT.

The first phase of construction began in late March 2022, with