Calgary, AB,
08
December
2017
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20:35
America/Denver

The City of Calgary and Cadillac Fairview Open State-of-the-Art Pedestrian Bridge at CF Chinook Centre

This new modern bridge supports economic development while reducing traffic congestion and improving accessibility in the area.

On December 8, The City of Calgary and Cadillac Fairview (CF) will open the new pedestrian bridge across Macleod Trail, at 61 Avenue S.W. This bridge will provide a safe, accessible and convenient pedestrian crossing for Calgarians, shoppers, employees and tourists over the busiest pedestrian corridor outside of the downtown core.

The City of Calgary and Cadillac Fairview have partnered to invest a joint cost of $13M ($6.5 M each) in the construction of the 61 Avenue S.W. pedestrian bridge. This iconic landmark leads to one of the main entry points at CF Chinook Centre, which draws 14.8 million visitors per year. The opening of this bridge represents the vision that both The City of Calgary and CF share, which is to help create a vibrant and safe community for all Calgarians to enjoy.

“The opening of the new pedestrian bridge marks a significant milestone for Cadillac Fairview and further exemplifies our dedication to providing a premium shopping experience in the community, as well as our continued investment in the city of Calgary,” says Paige O’Neill, General Manager, CF Chinook Centre.

Acting Director of City of Calgary’s Transportation Infrastructure Department, Kerensa Fromherz, elaborates: “It’s been a big year for us. This is one of 21 transportation projects that make up a $400 million investment to help manage traffic and help people move around our city.”

The City of Calgary’s investment in the project includes more than $3 million from the Government of Alberta’s Municipal Sustainability Initiative, which supports local infrastructure priorities. Municipal Affairs Minister, Shaye Anderson expanded on the importance of that funding. “Investing in municipal infrastructure creates jobs, helps build stronger communities and makes life better for Alberta families. Through this partnership we have supported the economy, provided an ongoing boost to businesses, and literally helped to bridge the community.”

A formal grand opening ceremony is being held this evening at 7 p.m. inside CF Chinook Centre to celebrate this exciting addition to our city.

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