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The 17 Ave SE BRT project is set to begin construction soon in the spring of 2017 and is expected to wrap up in late 2018. Originally, we were just going to get Phase 1 of this project completed which is between 28 ST SE and Hubalta Rd. Funding was announced in Sept 2016 and now phase 2 of the project from 28 ST to 9 Ave SE is also a go!

Two open houses were held this week regarding phase 2 and presentation materials can be found here: Phase 2

From the presentation, it looks like construction of phase 2 is also set to start in 2017 and into 2018 and is likely to be complete at the same time as phase 1. What this means is that there will be a dedicated transitway from 9 Ave SE (at the Blackfoot Truck Stop) across the Bow River and Deerfoot Trail and connecting to the median transitway on 17 Ave SE. The very first of its kind in Calgary. There are renderings of what the new dedicated bridges might look like (they include a multiuse pathway) as well as what the BRT stations might look like.

In December 2016, surveys were conducted in the area around the 17 Ave SE BRT regarding which routes users are taking among other things like which aspects of transit they value more (service hours, frequency, directness, etc.). There will be a review of the routes in this area in 2017 so that they better serve and connect to the new BRT once it's completed in 2018. Since a good chunk of this new BRT route (aside from downtown and 9 Ave SE) will be separated from other vehicular traffic, I suspect we might be treating this more like an LRT extension rather than "just another bus route". Marlborough Station is one the busier stations on the Blue Line LRT so the 17 Ave BRT should hopefully alleviate some of the pressure off the LRT. The biggest bottleneck on the current 1/305 routes is getting across Deerfoot during peak hours so having dedicated lanes and frequent service on the BRT should entice more people in the area to use it over the LRT.

We can use this thread going forward to discuss the project and eventual bus route changes and share updates as they come up!

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Project Update - March 2017

The City will be starting work on the bridge structures for the 17 Avenue SE BRT in early April. Because we have a limited amount of time when construction can happen in the Bow River, the first pieces of work that residents will see is the construction of a berm on the east side of the Bow River so the bridge structures can be built.

There will be some tree removals on the east and west of the Bow River to build the bridges. Trees that are removed as a part of construction will be replaced with either newly planted trees or landscaping in the project area.

In mid-April, crews will start construction on the haul road on the east side of the Bow River. This will be a temporary construction road to move materials in and out of the area while we build the bridges.

An update was posted recently on the City webpage for phase 2 of the BRT project. Looks like construction of the new bridge over the Bow River will start within the next few weeks.

As for 17th Ave itself, I take the 305 along it everyday and nothing too exciting has happened yet but they've started installing wooden poles at all the main intersections for hanging temporary traffic lights across them. The existing lights will probably be taken down soon once construction officially kicks off.

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Project Update – July 2017

Construction Update

Construction for phase two of the 17 Avenue S.E. Bus Rapid Transit is well underway, and starting the week of July 3, 2017 The City will need to shift to 24 hour operations so we can stay on schedule to complete the second phase of the project by the end of 2018. Over the next three to four months crews will be working six days a week on the east and west side of Deerfoot Trail to prepare these areas for the construction of bridges.

Work will involve excavation and moving of dirt to prepare for the bridges, as well as trucking in materials to build the embankments between the canal and Deerfoot Trail, and between Deerfoot Trail and the Bow River.

This work will mean increased truck traffic in the work areas, but truck traffic will not be travelling through residential areas. The contractor will take steps to minimize noise (e.g. tail gates closing) however residents near the work area should expect an increase in noise.

If anyone wants to follow along, they've had webcams setup for a while now even though nothing's really happened in the last month or so.

View Overlooking Deerfoot

View Overlooking Bow River

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On 6/29/2017 at 7:54 PM, Transit Fan said:

If anyone wants to follow along, they've had webcams setup for a while now even though nothing's really happened in the last month or so.

View Overlooking Deerfoot

View Overlooking Bow River

I'm really impressed with the quality of the images captured from these, probably the best I've seen out of construction site webcams. Some gorgeous scenes!

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