Town of Canmore

Railway Avenue

Railway Avenue is a key transportation corridor in town. It is due for major underground utility work and at the same time we will be making sure its design is consistent with the goals set out in the Integrated Transportation Plan. This project has been split into three main sections that will undergo construction in phases - Railway Ave South, Railway Ave Central and Railway Ave North. Details and drawings for each section can be found below. Some of the goals for this project include:

  • Enable a greater range of transportation options and opportunities for residents and visitors
  • Apply a functional and recognizable street design that accommodates all modes (walking, cycling, transit, goods movement, private passenger vehicles)
  • Apply best practice guidelines for street design that will enable 40% non-vehicular travel at peak times (summer, long weekends) (30% in winter months)
  • Facilitate movement of people into the Town Centre and encourage through-traffic and transportation of goods on other routes around the outside of Town Centre

Get Involved

To read the Railway Ave concept design brief from the July 2, 2019 council meeting pdf click here (41.68 MB)

The concept design brief has been accepted by Council for planning purposes with the first section - Railway Ave South  - completed in 2021. 

Phase One - Discovery

The initial phase of engagement on Railway Ave occurred in 2018. During this phase key stakeholders and residents were asked to identify their experiences while they are travelling along the corridor so that they can be considered and addressed in the initial concept design. This phase of engagement occurred during the spring and summer of 2018 and consisted of an online mapping tool, open house and stakeholder meetings.

pdf Railway Avenue what we heard summary phase 1 (107 KB)

Phase Two - Concept Design Refinement

Phase two of engagement will involve working with directly impacted stakeholders and the general public to refine the concept design where appropriate. This phase of engagement is anticipated to take place in 2023.

Railway Ave South

This section of work was completed in 2021.

Railway Ave Central

Railway Avenue Central is focused around the Main and 10th Street intersections and connects through new pedestrian and cycle facilities to the north and south sections of Railway. Intersections are proposed to be protected, meaning vulnerable road users are physically separated from vehicles, and see the removal of 'slip lanes' which are more appropriately suited for conditions with high speeds and volumes of cars and few or no pedestrians. Intersections are otherwise signalized traditionally, with turn lanes for vehicles and medians to allow for two stage road crossings.

The central median is a core feature of the corridor, designed to limit access and keep traffic flowing smoothly and consistently. Turn movements are accommodated at U-turn locations for passenger vehicles, while larger trucks navigate to destinations via Bow Valley Trail and the Trans-Canada Highway. Vehicle traffic up to and beyond 20,000 vehicles per day - above today's volumes, are accommodated by a single lane in each direction with turn bays at appropriate intersections and access points.

Railway Avenue Central is width-constrained, and parking cars here interrupts traffic flow. The primary function of this corridor is the movement of people and vehicles, with parking recommended to be accommodated off-street.

Railway Ave from Elevation Place to Main Street

Railway Ave from Main Street to Safeway and 10th Street intersection

Timelines & Engagement: Engagement on Phase 2 – Railway Avenue Central is anticipated to take place in 2023. Design will progress after further engagement and after data is collected after the construction of Railway Avenue South. The final design and construction will be subject to additional Council approvals. 

Railway Ave North

Railway Avenue North consists of major intersections at Bow Valley Trail and 17th Street, and minor intersections to industrial, commercial, and residential areas within the northern portion of the Gateway District. The 2018 Integrated Transportation Plan (ITP) update identifies capacity in 17th Street and Fairholme for access to the Town Centre and west side of the Bow River. The ITP envisions a small increase in traffic on this corridor, accommodated by changes to the intersection at 17th Street to give more priority to traffic accessing onto and off of that corridor. The intersection requires signalization, particularly during times of congestion and after a train crossing.

The design envisions further access control along the north end of Railway Avenue by way of continuation of the central median, and a significant change to the intersection at Gateway Street where signals would be removed in favour of a free flow intersection configuration with yield control. Facilities to enable walking and cycling are proposed as a combination of facilities on public property and private easements.

Railway Ave Safeway intersections

Railway Ave 17 Street and Bow Valley Trail intersections

Timelines & Engagement: Engagement on Phase 3 - Railway Avenue North is anticipated to take place in 2023. Design will progress after further engagement and after data is collected after the construction of Railway South. The final design and construction will be subject to additional Council approvals. 


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