Pedestrian underpass below Glenmore Trail closing due to safety concerns
The City of Calgary has made the decision to permanently close the pedestrian underpass that runs beneath Glenmore Trail to the east of Macleod Trail (beside the LRT tracks). The decision was made in cooperation with the Calgary Police Service, who raised safety concerns stemming from reports of regular incidents of drug use and social disorder.
“Through routine checks in the area, officers have identified the underpass as a location for consistent criminal activity,” explains Constable Jake Tyerman, Community Resource Officer, Calgary Police Service. “Working with our partners, we support the decision to close this underpass as it directly addresses the unintended consequences of an under-utilized public space.”
The City’s Transportation Department investigated the concerns at this location, counted pedestrian usage (averaging 14 people per day) and assessed the feasibility of completing a closure of the underpass. Based on these factors, it was determined a closure of this underpass was the best course of action.
Alternate crossings of Glenmore Trail are located at Macleod Trail and Fairmount Drive.
Work to close the underpass will begin on Dec. 11, 2018 and is expected to take two to three days, weather dependent. Following the closure, the north sidewalk ramps, as well as the south stairway and sidewalk will remain open to maintain the pedestrian connection across the LRT tracks.
To ensure those affected by the closure are informed, signage will be posted at the underpass and nearby businesses have been notified.