Town of Canmore

Transportation Improvement Program 2020

Transportation Improvement Program 2020 (TIP20) is a grouping of several approved projects for efficiency in design, procurement, and construction. These projects generally overlap in physical location, and all tie into the Bow Valley Trail / Benchlands Trail / Railway Ave intersection. Design work is underway, with the majority of construction scheduled for 2020 and substantial completion planned for July 2021.

Project Overview

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Upper Benchlands Mill & Overlay, Intersection Improvements

Traffic assessment and engagement work on this corridor indicate that there are operational and safety hazards at present. A design approach was applied in a 2018 pilot project that included paint and bollards to simulate the narrowing of roadway and intersections with reduced crossing distances. The pilot was generally unsuccessful in reducing speeds and improving pedestrian comfort. Alternative approaches to traffic calming based on the pdf 2018 Integrated Transportation Plan (12.16 MB) recommendations for collector roadways are being analyzed for this area.

To view the designs for this area scroll through the presentation above.

Palliser Trail/Benchlands Overpass

Palliser Trail is identified as an important link in the town’s network of walking and cycling infrastructure. It is also seeing increased development, and the Town has prioritized making improvements to the transportation infrastructure along this corridor, to connect it with the Town Centre and other community amenities.

To read the What We Heard Report from January 2019 engagement pdf click here (85 KB)

To read the traffic study completed for this area as part of the design pdf click here (12.93 MB)

To view the designs for this area scroll through the presentation above.

Bow Valley Trail/ Benchlands / Railway Ave Intersection

The intersection will be re-built as part of this project. The design will accommodate the future work on Railway Avenue and will align with the direction of the 2018 ITP. 
*The final design will have one lane heading towards downtown once Railway Ave Central is constructed*

To view the designs for this area scroll through the presentation above.

Bow Valley Trail West Pathway Improvements

The pathway on the west side of Bow Valley Trail will be completed (section near the railway crossing was improved in 2017) as part of this project. The pathway will be raised to road level and separated from the road from the BVT/Benchlands/Railway intersection to the BVT/Railway/17 St. intersection. 

To view the designs for this area scroll through the presentation above.

Railway Ave South Transit Corridor

A concept design for Railway Avenue has been developed based on the pdf 2018 Integrated Transportation Plan (12.16 MB)  updates, survey and traffic data collected in 2016, and a series of engagement workshops held in 2018. Work will continue on refining designs for Railway Ave including engagement with impacted stakeholders along the corridor in 2020. For this project an official pathway connection will be built into Spring Creek Mountain Village and the new complete street work to allow pedestrians and cyclists to move into the downtown corridor on protected infrastructure.

To view the concept designs for Railway Ave visit the Railway Avenue project webpage

Project Timelines

Construction for this project will start in early 2020, with substantial completion prior to July 1, 2021. The majority of the work will be done over the 2020 construction season. More detailed timelines and impacts will be available as we get closer to the launch of the project. 

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