The 8 Street Corridor project is the first of several phased upgrades of the 8 Street SW streetscape from 17 Avenue to the Bow River. This project involved improvements to the existing sidewalk and retaining walls between 8 Avenue and 10 Avenue SW, including repairs and new coatings on the 50-year-old 9 Avenue and 105-year-old Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) bridges.
Construction entailed the removal and replacement of existing concrete paved sidewalk and structural slabs, hydro-demolition, delamination repairs to existing retaining walls, and new stainless steel guardrails with LED accent lighting. A new public art LED sign display is featured, including an S-shaped curve on hollow structural steel supported by three steel columns.
The client’s goal was to safely and proudly provide the City of Calgary with a unique and vibrant pathway for commuters and pedestrians in this highly used area. The best value in terms of schedule, quality, and budget were achieved with minimal disruptions along with functionality and improvements the community can be proud of. Despite delays due to existing site conditions and third-party construction, proper planning and coordination by the project team minimized disruptions to pedestrians and commuters.