Montgomery (Bowness Road) Main Streets construction
Project update – December 2021
Improvements to Bowness Road, through the Montgomery community, have provided the right pieces to attract more people to live and more businesses to invest in the area. The result of the new street design, with construction substantially completed, provides a better place for people of all ages to travel, gather and visit. It’s the first of 24 streets to be completed as part of The City’s initial $60 million investment into its Main Streets program.
After extensive community engagement, construction has been underway since breaking ground in spring 2020. That’s great news for the community, businesses and The City.
Bowness Road has been transformed into a pedestrian-friendly, sustainable and multi-modal street with widened sidewalks, multi-use pathways, landscape improvements, and pedestrian oriented lighting improvements. The improvements support the recent growth of this community, both residential and local businesses.
To celebrate the distinct identity of the area unique elements have been added to the streetscape. This includes custom bike racks in community colours, streetlights that reflect the historical character, plantings that are natural to the area and street signs which include the secondary name of Montgomery Way to further the sense of community.
In early 2022, The City will continue dialogue with the community on design options for the Montgomery Gateways. These entrance features at both the east and west ends of Bowness Road N.W., will add to the unique character and create a sense of arrival to the community. The gateways will be constructed next summer.
The New Montgomery Main Street
The City has developed a streetscape master plan for Bowness (Montgomery) Road N.W. based on citizen and stakeholder feedback, technical analysis, and financial considerations. The plan supports the needs identified by the community and provides a vision that guides the detailed design and construction phases.
The final design for the Bowness Road Main Street project includes:
- New road surface on Bowness Road between MacKay Road and west of 52 Street N.W.
- A multi-use path, and sidewalk, on both sides of Bowness Road.
- Enhanced pedestrian crossings through the corridor for safety.
- Better access to transit stops.
- Intersection improvements, for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.
- New street lighting along the corridor.
- New landscaping and amenities to make the street a destination.
- Burying the overhead power lines at Bowness Road and 52 Street N.W.
- Upgraded traffic signals at Bowness Road and Home Road NW
Construction on Bowness Road NW starts summer 2020.
- Summer 2020 – Construction starts
- Summer to late fall 2020 – Underground utility relocation and road works
- Spring 2021 – Utility and roadworks continue
- Fall 2021 – project completion
Main Streets project documents
What will Bowness Road look like?
Montgomery’s Main Street – Bowness Road N.W. – underwent the “design” step of the Main Streets program in 2018 and 2019. The City developed a streetscape master plan for your Main Street based on citizen and stakeholder feedback, technical analysis, and financial considerations. This vision encompasses numerous considerations, including:
- Enhanced pedestrian safety and comfort.
- Improved mobility options, including transit and cycling.
- A design that is uniquely “Montgomery” and reflects its identity.
- Green, friendly streets through naturalized boulevards, trees, and site furnishings.
- Making Montgomery a destination that will support existing and new local businesses.
- Improved connections to park spaces and amenities.
The Main Streets Program is one of the ways that the City of Calgary is working to make our city “a great place to make a living, and a great place to make a life.” Our program shares The City’s common purpose of “making life better every day” by implementing a comprehensive process to transform our main streets into places where people want to live, work and play.
Main Streets are resilient, adaptable, and attractive places that:
- Celebrate the character of the community.
- Encourage diversity of businesses, buildings and residents.
- Create a vibrant destination.
- Improve public health.
Visit the Main Streets program webpage to learn more about the program and our approach to creating vibrant community spaces.