The following projects have been provided by ITE's public agency members in support of United for Infrastructure Week and Bike Month.
The City of Carmel’s goal was to redevelop a section of the Monon Greenway into an engaging, multi-modal corridor – Monon Boulevard. The area was transformed from a deteriorated industrial environment to a thriving mixed-use district. The project has led to ten (and counting) recently developed and proposed private development projects along the corridor that include a mix of commercial, office, and residential units and public-owned, free-to-park garages with over 1,700 spaces. There have been private investments of $250 million adjacent to the corridor with 1,500 new jobs created.
The project included an expansion of the existing Monon Greenway from a 10-foot-wide asphalt path to a new 145-foot-wide fully interactive right-of-way that includes dedicated trails for pedestrians and bicycles, gathering spaces, lighting and landscaping, green infrastructure for storm-water collection, detention and water quality, traffic-calmed roadways and raised intersections, and on-street parking.
The Reedy Creek Road complete street project extends from N. Harrison Avenue to Maynard Road approximately 1.2 miles long in Cary, NC. The project widens Reedy Creek Road from a 2-lane rural cross-section to 3-lanes with curb and gutter, center turn lane, 2 roundabouts, bike lanes, and sidewalks. Reedy Creek Rd is a minor thoroughfare which serves two public schools, Reedy Creek Elementary (650 students) and Reedy Creek Middle (830 students) and numerous residential neighborhoods. In 2013, a roadway safety review identified the following safety issues:
Construction began in 2019 during the onset of the COVID pandemic and will be completed Summer 2022. The Project’s Goals are to improve traffic flow and safety for all users along the roadway:
The project provides roundabouts at the intersection of Dynasty Drive & Electra Drive as well as the intersection of Wyatt’s Pond Lane & Reedy Creek School. These will help increase safety by calming traffic and will accommodate the surge in traffic at the school driveway twice a day. The Reedy Creek Road widening project will provide citizens with the amenities they need to live, work, and simply enjoy life.
It’s expected that northeast Calgary will be one of the city’s fastest growing areas in the next 60 years with 125,000 residents living in communities north of McKnight Boulevard between Deerfoot Trail and Stoney Trail N.E. with extensive industrial and commercial projects resulting in 70,000 jobs in this area.
Airport Trail N.E. is an important transportation corridor running east-west across the northeast quadrant of Calgary and is a significant part of the city's primary goods movement and primary transit network. When completed, Airport Trail N.E. will improve access to and from YYC Calgary International Airport and connectivity to communities and commercial areas in northeast Calgary.
The Airport Trail phase 2 project includes:
Construction continues on the Eau Claire Area Improvements program, which includes the replacement of a pedestrian bridge (Jaipur Bridge), a downtown flood barrier, as well as a reconstructed and revitalized promenade and plaza in a culturally vibrant area of downtown Calgary. 2021 saw the start of construction with site preparation, demolition and rebuilding on all the projects in the area.
Protecting Calgarians and infrastructure from future floods continues to be a top priority for the City of Calgary. Since the 2013 flood, with support from the Government of Alberta, over $150 million has been invested in flood mitigation and resilience projects throughout Calgary. Investing in the future of this area is also a fundamental piece of The City of Calgary’s Downtown Strategy to support and incentivize private investment, generate visits and spending, and provide amenities and services to enhance the quality of life and experience for people living, working and visiting Calgary’s downtown.
Construction of the first short-term North Central Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) improvement in the city of Calgary – the North Pointe Park and Ride Lot Improvements project – began in fall 2021 in the community of Country Hills. Safety and accessibility enhancements such as a new transit-only lane and lot entrance, pedestrian sidewalks and lighting will be added, offering our transit customers reduced trip times, better connections and expanded service capacity.
The improvements are the first step from a functional planning study completed in 2021 which identified short-, medium- and long-term improvements. When completed, the proposed North Central BRT improvements will link the investments that The City of Calgary is making with the Green Line Light Rail Transit (LRT) project to provide improved connections to north central communities and support the future transition to LRT along the corridor that will provide a key transit connection from downtown Calgary to the north edge of the city.
In Calgary’s northwest, the 144 Avenue N.W. improvements project will see the construction of a 1.2km extension of 144 Avenue N.W., between Symons Valley Road and 24 Street N.W., a bridge crossing over West Nose Creek and an expansion to the pathway system linked to the 5A (Always Available for All Ages & Abilities) active modes network. While providing benefits for drivers and pathway users, the project will also facilitate east-west transit connections with the future Green Line Light Rail Transit (LRT) project in the long-term.
The improvements will complete a key missing link for current and developing communities, while bringing improvements for pedestrians, cyclists and transit users. Consideration has also gone to the importance of natural features in the area and collaboration between the project team with environmental experts to ensure that construction and the project as a whole protects the adjacent bio-diversity. The first phase of construction began in late March 2022 and will continue until fall 2024.
In 2018 and 2019, the designs of 37 Street S.W. and 17 Avenue S.W. in the city of Calgary were considered and included as part of the Main Streets program aimed at “making life better every day” for citizens by implementing a comprehensive process to transform our main streets into places where people want to live, work and play.
Construction of Main Streets improvements on both West 17 Avenue and 37 Street is expected to be completed later this year. When complete, the project will provide:
Phase 1 of the Bridgeland Main Street project in the city of Calgary begins this year, with work taking place on Edmonton Trail starting this spring including streetscape improvements and infrastructure upgrades as well as gateway features on Memorial Drive beneath the 4 Avenue flyover. When complete, the improvements for Bridgeland’s Main Street will create vibrant spaces for people to live, work and play with the design of the street reflecting the unique character of the neighbourhood.
Pedestrian improvements such as wider sidewalks with more plants and trees, new lighting to illuminate the road and pedestrian space will provide a safer, enhanced experience for people walking in the neighbourhood. A separated wheeling lane planned as part of the project also includes a safer experience for cyclists intended to making cycling accessible to all ages and abilities.
This spring, construction continues on three interchanges The City of Calgary is building on behalf of the Province of Alberta, over Stoney Trail to provide residents with more connections between communities and create connections to the pathways in north Calgary.
At both Shaganappi Trail and the Harvest Hills Interchange, crews will upgrade the existing interchange by finishing a second three-lane bridge adjacent to the existing north-south bridge, which will provide three travel lanes in each direction when complete. We will also be connecting to the multiuse pathways on the north and south side of Stoney Trail.
The 11 Street N.E. Interchange is a new interchange that will support the anticipated growth in the Stoney Industrial and Keystone Hills areas immediately surrounding Stoney Trail and 11 Street N.E. The design for this interchange will first build a half interchange to provide access to and from the north and accommodate the projected traffic volumes for the next 20 years. In the future, the design for 11 Street N.E. also includes a full interchange that can be built to provide access to and from the south when needed, or when 128 Avenue N.E. is extended.
The City of Calgary is working to make our city more liveable by improving access and connectivity for people who walk, wheel and drive along 19 Avenue S.E. and 28 Street S.E. The project aims to improve the safety and predictability of road use by providing dedicated facilities for all users, adding traffic calming measures and improving key intersections. For people who wheel, the new dedicated lanes will enhance network connections and support local and regional travel. For people who walk, the addition of new sidewalk infrastructure provides better access throughout the two corridors. For people who drive, the new curb extensions narrow the width of the road, promoting slower vehicle speeds. The 28 Street S.E. corridor was completed in 2021, and The City of Calgary anticipates completing 19 Avenue S.E. in 2022.
We know Calgarians value streets that feel safe, are accessible and welcoming to all ages and abilities, offer comfortable travel choices, enhance local destinations through the right public amenities, and are healthy and fun. So, it was important for The City to update its traffic calming policy with a more holistic approach to community improvements resulting in a revised Neighbourhood Streets Pilot Policy to create places where neighbours of all ages and abilities can connect and travel safely and comfortably. “Engaging on policy with residents can be challenging, so by instead engaging on tangible policy outcomes we’ve had meaningful conversations and gained new perspectives for a final document that will guide the planning of our city’s largest asset, our streets,” says project manager, Jen Malzer.
The Dover pilot project looks to complete the community’s active modes networks by filling in walking, cycling, and wheeling connections, addressing speed and design issues, connecting existing pathways and bikeways, and adding placemaking including re-naturalized spaces and community art. Other projects in the program are smaller and more tailored to a specific crossing or locations with high vehicle speeds.
A popular connector between Calgary’s downtown and the Beltline communities has been given a new lease on life as part of the recently completed 5 Street S.W. Underpass Improvement project.
Designed to improve safety and accessibility for the nearly 6,500 pedestrians and 1,200 cyclists who pass through each day, enhancements feature widened sidewalks, upgraded crosswalks, brighter lighting and safety measures, lifecycle improvements to the bridge and walls, as well as landscaping and beautification in the area. Further enhancing connectivity for cyclists, permanent raised cycle tracks were installed in an existing cycle track pilot area.
Creating a unique, vibrant community space for multi-modal commuters, an immersive art installation designed by Canadian artist Jill Anholt is featured on the underpass walls and sidewalks, symbolizing the important relationship Calgary has to water, both past and present.
42 Avenue S.E. is a unique and developing industrial area in southeast Calgary, connected to a diversity of businesses and services such as green spaces, the Calgary Food Bank, local transit hubs, industrial parks and over 10 craft breweries in a 7 km stretch. With a boom in the number of small businesses and active mode users, the 42 Avenue S.E. Complete Streets project focused on providing a safe and comfortable connection for cyclists and pedestrians along this busy corridor.
The project included construction of a new continuous 2.25km multi-use pathway along 42 Avenue S.E. and down 12 Street S.E., completion of missing sidewalk links and connections to Stanley Park and the future Highfield Park Green Line LRT station. Enhancements to transit stops as well as driveway and pedestrian crossings along the corridor were also completed. While improving safety and providing a dedicated space for multi-modal users, the new pathway also completes a missing east-west link in southeast Calgary, establishing connections between communities.
The City of Edmonton supports community-inspired infrastructure projects to enhance safety, livability, and community connection for Edmontonians.
The City of Edmonton takes diverse and creative approaches such as the Vision Zero Street Labs program, where community residents and City staff work collaboratively to install creative, temporary traffic calming measures that help facilitate safe and livable streets.
To honour Canada’s 1st National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, the City of Edmonton helped install a commemorative crosswalk designed by a local indigenous youth society. The crosswalk created an enduring relationship and a lasting reminder that truth and reconciliation is a path we must walk everyday.
The City of San Luis Obispo recently installed parking protected bicycle lanes through its downtown corridor. Marsh and Higuera Streets are one-way couplets providing access to the City’s downtown core. Residents and visitors of all ages can now travel through the downtown safe and comfortably on bicycle. Prior to the project, Higuera had no bicycle facility and Marsh Street had a standard class II bike lane. The project reduced the travel lanes on both Marsh and Higuera Streets from 3-lanes to 2-lanes to accommodate the parking projected bike lanes. The bike lanes are separated from the parking lane with a raised concrete median and planter boxes. The project continues to support the various curbside activities including multiple parklets, parking, transit stops and commercial and passenger loading. In addition to the protected bike lanes, the overall project included new ADA curb ramps and new pedestrian crossings with Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons.
West Capitol Avenue is the major east-west arterial through the City of West Sacramento connecting industrial, commercial, residential, and downtown land uses along the corridor. The roadway, formerly Historic US 40, had fallen into a state of disrepair. This $12.3 million project, funded by several federal and state grants increased pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicle safety by adding bike lanes, street lighting, and pavement improvements on nearly three miles of West Capitol Avenue from Jefferson Boulevard to the I-80 westbound interchange. The complete streets components included a road diet through a portion of the project and a two-way left turn lane west of I-80, as well as ADA compliant curb ramps, mid-block crossings, and enhanced crosswalks. These added safety features, as well as the implementation of buffered bike lanes, protected bikeways, and creative pavement rehabilitation strategies have brought new life and increased multi-modal usage into this key City route.
The Salinas Downtown Complete Streets Project implemented a road diet on West Alisal Street, between Blanco Road and Front Street, converting a 4-lane road to a 3-lane road with buffered bike lanes. The lane reduction provided critical safety improvements to all roadway users; car drivers are able to use channelized turn pockets and separate themselves from through traffic, bicyclist have dedicated space separated from vehicles, and pedestrians are able to cross West Alisal Street with less lanes of traffic. Everyone’s safety was improved, and the City was able to make these improvements without removing nearly any on-street parking. Additional improvements were made to achieve ADA compliance at the intersections. The City also installed fiber optic communication to network and coordinate its traffic signals for improved operations. This nearly 2-mile project was an element of the Downtown Vibrancy Plan and the Marina to Salinas Corridor Multi-modal Corridor Plan.
The project transformed the Willamette Falls Drive business district by replacing the existing auto-centric improvements with a street section that provides a better balance for bicycles and pedestrians and creates a more inviting storefront atmosphere for restaurant patrons and window shoppers. The project incorporated protected intersections, innovative parking treatments, cycle track and physical separation of restaurants and businesses from the roadway. The section was capped off with the integration of landscaping, street furniture and a state-of-the art holiday lighting and sound system that will enhance the out-of-car experience and promote businesses within the corridor.
Special events in the business corridor have seen a significant boom in participation. Community events such as the Main Street Farmers Market, have spiked in popularity with record number of vendor booths and attendance. The project has revitalized this business corridor and properties that have sat vacant for decades are turning to redevelopment.
The project to reconstruct the Interstate 165 Exit 7 Interchange with U.S. 231 in Warren County was a major step in revamping an outdated design to improve safety and mobility in the area. Formerly the William H. Natcher Parkway, the parkway was upgraded to I-165 in 2019. This required modernization improvements like new entrance and exit ramps, bridge barriers, guardrail, pavement and efficient lighting. Exit 7 is one of three interchanges that needed to be reconstructed from its original cloverleaf interchange design that served toll booth plazas along the route. The toll booths were removed more than 15 years ago, but the outdated design intended to slow down traffic remained. Warren County is a high-growth area in south-central Kentucky and is teeming with economic development possibilities and commercial traffic that require an efficient transportation system. This project provided a safe, modern and efficient transportation link for trucks, passenger vehicles and busses at a nearby fleet location that met today’s toll booth free operation.