Crews are set to start digging up pavement again on 17th Avenue S.W. as the massive rebuild resumes after a summer hiatus.
Starting Sept. 4, the next phase of the city’s $44-million overhaul will see 17th Avenue closed from College Lane west to Eighth Street S.W., including the intersection of Seventh Avenue. College Lane will stay open.
When that section is finished by about the end of September, crews will move west and shut the intersection of Eighth Street and 17th Avenue S.W., and the avenue itself from Eighth Street to Ninth Street S.W.
The closure of Eighth Street S.W. is expected to last seven to 10 days.
Weather permitting, construction on 17th Avenue will go on until mid-November, as crews try to finish replacing underground utilities and rebuilding the road up to Ninth Street S.W. before stopping for the winter.
While the work continues, Calgary Transit routes No. 2, 6 and 7 will be detoured.
“Bus routes are being detoured along 14th and 15th Avenue one-ways, if you’re catching the bus on 17th Avenue between 11th Street and 4th Street S.W., you’ll now be catching the bus between 14th and 15th,” said Anna Melnick, spokesperson with the city’s transportation department.
Vehicles will be detoured to 14th and 15th Avenues — which have become westbound and eastbound one-way routes — via Fourth Street S.W. and 11th Street S.W.
Businesses along the strip will operate as usual during the construction.
“The sidewalks are open and accessible, so we invite everyone to come down and enjoy 17th as they normally would,” Melnick said.
The multi-phase project includes rebuilding sidewalks, improving lane designs, adding crosswalks, completely replacing the asphalt and upgrading the utilities underneath: power, gas, telecommunications, water and sanitary.
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Sherwood Park is a large hamlet in Alberta, Canada within Strathcona County that is recognized as an urban service area. It is located adjacent to the City of Edmonton’s eastern boundary, generally south of Highway 16 (Yellowhead Trail), west of Highway 21 and north of Highway 630 (Wye Road). Other portions of Sherwood Park extend beyond Yellowhead Trail and Wye Road, while Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) separates Refinery Row to the west from the balance of the hamlet to the east.
Sherwood Park was established in 1955 on farmland of the Smeltzer family, east of Edmonton. With a population of 70,618 in 2016, Sherwood Park has enough people to be Alberta’s seventh largest city, but technically retains the status of a hamlet. The Government of Alberta recognizes the Sherwood Park Urban Service Area as equivalent to a city.
Sherwood Park, originally named Campbelltown, was founded by John Hook Campbell and John Mitchell in 1953 when the Municipal District of Strathcona No. 83 approved their proposed development of a bedroom community east of Edmonton. The first homes within the community were marketed to the public in 1955. Canada Post intervened on the name of Campbelltown due to the existence of several other communities in Canada within the same name, so the community’s name was changed to Sherwood Park in 1956.
The Sherwood Park Urban Service Area is located in the Edmonton Capital Region along the western edge of central Strathcona County adjacent to the City of Edmonton. The majority of the community is bound by Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway) to the north, Highway 21 to the east, Highway 630 (Wye Road) to the south, and Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) to the west. The Refinery Row portion of Sherwood Park is located across Anthony Henday Drive to the west, between Sherwood Park Freeway and Highway 16. Numerous developments fronting the south side of Wye Road, including Wye Gardens, Wye Crossing, Salisbury Village and the Estates of Sherwood Park, are also within the community. Lands north of Highway 16 and south of Township Road 534/Oldman Creek between Range Road 232 (Sherwood Drive) to the west and Highway 21 to the east are also within the Sherwood Park urban service area.