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Three Calgary main streets getting a summer spruce up

Three Calgary main streets getting a summer spruce up

CALGARY, ALTA. — The City of Calgary is giving three streets a facelift this summer as its Main Street Program goes from public engagement, planning and design to shovels in the ground.

The streets are Bow Trail to Richmond Road S.W., Crowchild Trail to 37 Street S.W., and Bowness Road N.W. in Montgomery.

The projects are part of Calgary’s $60 million investment in design and construction of main streets around the city to make them more economically and socially resilient, a City of Calgary release said.

“Calgary’s main streets are places where citizens come together. They allow us to travel less and live more by providing the things we need right in our own communities. We’re creating canvases for our main streets communities and businesses to bring to life,” said Main Streets Program manager Joyce Tang in a statement.

Work will include widening sidewalks, reducing distance people need to cross at intersections, more greenery and increased safety for cyclists and pedestrians.

The four guiding principles for upgrading the streets include building a healthy environment for users; building a framework of mobility and functionality for all modes of users during all seasons; the preservation of community charter and identity; and promoting economic vitality through planning practices, streetscape design and community activation and use, the release said.

“Our main streets are the spines of Calgary’s vibrant, diverse and economically resilient communities. City investment in streets, parks and community spaces through the Main Streets Program is critical in supporting these communities as they grow and change,” Ward 7 councillor Druh Farrell said.

“Especially for local businesses, who are working to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, city support in improving our public places will help bring more customers, open up new business opportunities, and help our local economy thrive.”

Further information on the Main Street Program and construction projects is available on the City of Calgary’s site.

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