West Bow River Pathway Improvements
- Survey and geotechnical work for the prospect bridge at Canmore Creek will take place in the first two weeks of December. Expect to see crews and equipment working in the area.
- The 30% design for the pathway is complete. Refinements to the prospect bridge alignment were made at Canmore Creek to shorten the bridge length, reduce abutment heights, and avoid impacts to a sewer forcemain, reducing complexity and cost. The design improves grades, sightlines and eliminates sharp curves, making the bridge and approaches safer and more comfortable. To view the updated alignment pdf click here (2.72 MB) .
- This alignment requires tree removals on both abutments – several trees will be removed on the north abutment for geotechnical work planned in the first two weeks of December 2022, and about a dozen mature trees and a number of smaller ones will be removed for construction. Trees will be replaced with new ones as part of the landscaping design at project completion.
The Bow River Pathway between the Rundle Drive Bow River bridge and the Homesteads Van Horne connection is an existing shared use gravel pathway, serving a critical role in the active modes network south of the Bow River. This project will focus on improvements that will increase safety for all users on a year-round basis, allowing for multi-modal connections to the Town Centre to be maintained throughout the winter.
Approved Project Scope
The approved scope includes:
- Realignment of the existing 5 metre path through west Canmore park and replacement of the prospect bridge at Canmore creek,
- Addressing poor sightlines and excessive grades immediately south of the junction along the Prospect emergency access,
- Addressing narrow facilities (establishing an approximate 3.5 metre standard width), excessive grades, and replacement of the Homesteads stormwater outfall bridge,
- Realignment of the southernmost section to move the pathway back from the riverbank and to eliminate side slopes,
- Paving of the pathway.
Outside Project Scope
- Widening of the entire path to 5.5 metres,
- Pathway lighting.
To read the full concept design report which aims to establish a facility design which enables year-round maintenance, ensures adequate width and eventual separated facilities, pdf click here (24.34 MB) .
Construction is expected to take place in 2023.
Frequently Asked Questions
The project is grant funded from the following sources:
Government of Alberta Municipal Sustainability Initiative
Canada Community Building Fund
Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program
The most effective way to encourage active modes and increase active mode share is by supplying a safe, well-connected, continuous, and intuitive network that allows for convenient and direct travel and short trip times between desired origins and destinations.
In order to achieve the mode-splits identified in the Integrated Transportation Plan, continued investment in active transportation and transit is needed. This project is a key piece of that work, providing an important connection from Three Sisters into the Town Centre.
You find more information on the project by watching the March 15 presentation to council (starts at 3:08:42) on Youtube
In addition, Protective Services and the RCMP have been focusing on promoting bicycle safety. Some of the initiatives include a bicycle safety rodeo, combined patrols on trails, as well as providing bells and lights to cyclists.
If you have a question not answered above, please fill out the Contact Engineering Form and a member of the Engineering team will respond to you.