City of Calgary’s Annual Paving Program set to kickoff for 2021
The City of Calgary’s 2021 paving program, which will see roads at more than 130 locations in Calgary resurfaced, begins this week. City and contracted crews will be replacing asphalt and concrete to make our roads smoother and safer for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles.
For the 2021 construction season, more than $43 million will be invested by The City of Calgary to maintain existing roadways through lifecycle programs. $7 million of this budget comes from municipal stimulus, and $3 million is earmarked for bikeway resurfacing. Calgarians will begin to see this work happening on major roadways and on residential streets. Some major roadways scheduled for resurfacing work this year include:
- Macleod Trail from 75 Ave SW to Canyon Meadow Drive SW
- Blackfoot Trail SE from Southland Drive to 58 Ave SE
- Midlake Boulevard S.E. between Midpark Boulevard and Sunpark Drive SE
- Heritage Drive SE from Macleod Trail to Blackfoot Trail SE
- McKenzie Lake Boulevard SE from Deerfoot Trail SE to Stoney Trail SE
- Metis Trail N.E. from Airport Trail to Country Hills Boulevard NE
- Sections of Ranchlands and Ranchero Drive NW, Hawkwood Drive NW, and Edenwold Drive NW
- 17 Ave SE from 84 Street SE to City limits
Community paving will take place in:
- Silver Springs
“The City’s pavement rehabilitation and sidewalk programs help keep important infrastructure around Calgary maintained,” says Michael Maas, Senior Paving Leader at The City of Calgary. “Motorists will notice a smooth surface after our rehabilitation work has been completed, and the work helps ensure our roads are safe for all users such as pedestrians, cyclists and transit users, as well as motorists and goods movement which is vital for the economy.”
Work will be completed by both City forces, and local paving contractors. Paving work will continue through the end of October, weather and budget permitting. The City reminds motorists to watch for construction workers on the road during the warm months and encourages you to help roadway workers get home safe to their families at the end of the day. Obey all signage and watch for workers when traversing construction zones.
Other helpful tips for drivers include:
- Plan trips with the expectation that travel will take a few minutes longer during the summer construction season.
- Use alternate routes if you know the whereabouts of a construction zone, especially zones operating over a lengthy period of time. This will reduce traffic congestion and related risks.
- Obey speed limits in construction zones. Sometimes hazards are not visible to the motorist, but still pose a threat.
- Obey all rules and signs even when people and equipment are not working – these are there for your safety and there may be danger present
- Cooperate with other drivers to keep traffic moving smoothly. When traffic needs to merge because of a lane closure, ease into the driving lane early and leave gaps for other vehicles to merge.
- We ask that residents be patient, slow down and obey all construction signage and detours. We also ask that citizens remove their vehicles as requested to allow us to complete our work efficiently and in a timely manner.
We would also like to remind citizens they are able to see all roadway projects, including paving, on the Roadway Activities Map. For more information on this year’s paving projects, visit calgary.ca/paving.