The City of Calgary kicks off 2022 Paving Program
The City of Calgary’s 2022 Paving Program began this week with work planned on both major roadways and residential streets. This year,149 locations, spanning over 300 lane-kilometers, will be resurfaced and nearly $48 million re-invested by The City of Calgary to maintain existing roadways through lifecycle maintenance construction.
Paving work occurs from June until the end of October, weather and budget permitting.
Some of the major roadways this year include:
· McKnight Boulevard N.E. from 52 Street N.E. to 68 Street N.E.
· Shaganappi Trail N.W. from 40 Avenue to Northland Drive N.W.
· 24 Avenue N.W. from Crowchild Trail to Warren Street N.W.
· Crowchild Trail S.W. from Bow Trail to 24 Street and from 50 Avenue to 54 Avenue S.W.
· 14 Street S.W. from Southland Drive to Anderson Road S.W.
· Richmond Road S.W. from Sierra Morena Boulevard to 51 Street and Sierra Morena Boulevard S.W.
Community paving will take place in:
· Coach Hill
· Mayland Heights
“Keeping our roads in good condition is a priority for The City and the focus of our pavement rehabilitation program,” says Roads’ Manager of Construction Barry Poon. “This will ensure our roads are safe for all users - pedestrians, cyclists, transit users, motorists and goods movement which is vital for the economy.”
This year’s Paving Program will include several environmental resilient strategies with the goal of significantly reducing energy consumption and the carbon footprint associated with asphalt paving in urban areas. The City will use “green” or low-carbon concrete for the rehabilitation program of sidewalk and curb/gutter repair.
“These proactive steps will result in reducing the carbon footprint of our paving and concrete operations and hence providing solutions to climate change challenges,” adds Poon.
Construction Zone Safety Reminder
With increased construction activities on the road, drivers are reminded to slow down and watch out for crews.
“People working on our roadways have families they support, and we want them to get home safely,” says Ravi Seera, Manager of Traffic. “Please obey all signage and flag persons working so we can get our jobs done safely and effectively.”
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.