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.

Construction Impacts - Updated October 6, 2021

All local businesses in the area are open unless otherwise noted due to COVID-19.

  • Pedestrian and cyclist crossing signal work on the Benchlands overpass is still to be completed.
  • The new signal cabinet to optimize signal phasing at the main intersection is delayed and will be installed once received.

Project Overview

To view the designs in detail, click full screen arrows in bottom right corner.

Transportation Town Hall - October 29, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

When will the project be finished?
We are working towards a completion date of June 30, 2021.
Which paths are for cyclists and which are for pedestrians?
Red concrete has been used to mark out cycling lanes, grey concrete for pedestrians, and black asphalt paths are shared use.
Are the traffic lights installed on the wrong side of the road?
No, they are near-side traffic lights. Although uncommon in North America, this style of light is common in Europe due to their ability to better separate pedestrians/cyclists and vehicles, ultimately improving safety. The image below provides an example of near-side lights at an intersection.
The new lights aren't visible from the current stop line, will this be adjusted?
Yes, the stop lines will be moved back from their current position.
Do pedestrians and cyclists have to push the button to activate the crossing signal?
Yes, pedestrians and cyclists will have to push the crossing button to activate the crossing signal. Pedestrians and cyclists will have a separate crossing phase from vehicles to increase safety and convenience for all users. 
Why is the far right lane of Benchlands Trail coming into Town designated right-turn only?
The lights allow turning and through movements to occur at different times, while allowing pedestrian movements to occur separately. The intersection is safer for all users, as conflicts between vehicles and pedestrians are now eliminated. As such, the far right lane is a dedicated right-turn only lane.
Will the traffic islands and curbs create a problem for snow clearing crews?
No. Street and snow clearing crews were consulted on the design and are able to use their equipment on the new design.


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The Town of Canmore is located within Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta. In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge the Canmore area, known as “Chuwapchipchiyan Kudi Bi” (translated in Stoney Nakoda as “shooting at the willows”) and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Îyârhe Nakoda (Stoney Nakoda) – comprised of the Bearspaw First Nation, Chiniki First Nation, and Wesley First Nation – as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation and the Blackfoot Confederacy comprised of the Siksika, Piikani, Kainai. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3, within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. We acknowledge all Nations who live, work, and play and help us steward this land and honour and celebrate this territory. We commit to working to live in right relations and to advance Truth and Reconciliation.

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