The new bridge over Macleoad Trail at 61st Avenue S.W. will include accessibility features such as elevators and escalators, have a covered four-metre walkway and a connection directly into the second level of Chinook Centre. Illustration courtesy City of Calgary

City reveals design for Chinook Centre pedestrian bridge

Construction to start in September

The City of Calgary has unveiled the final design for a new $13-million pedestrian bridge over Macloed Trail by 61st Avenue S.W.

The new bridge will include accessibility features such as elevators and escalators, have a covered four-metre walkway and a connection directly into the second level of Chinook Centre.

According to the City, the overpass will create a safe, accessible and convenient crossing for the more than 2,000 pedestrians that cross over Macleod Trail every day.

The bridge will also ease traffic congestion on Macleod Trail at 61st Avenue S.W. and support employment and residential redevelopment of the Chinook Major Activity Centre, as defined in the City’s municipal development plan.

The area of 61st Avenue S.W. between Centre Street and Macleod Trail is considered one of the busiest pedestrian corridors outside of downtown.

The City is partnering with Cadillac Fairview Corp Ltd. (owners of CF Chinook Centre) to fund the project. The City and Cadillac Fairview are contributing $6.5 million each, which will cover the design and construction costs of the public pedestrian bridge. Cadillac Fairview is wholly responsible for the private bridge extension.

The project team will have information sessions in Chinook Centre this September. Construction is set to begin this September, with a projected completion date in late 2017.

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