Starting January 27 and lasting approximately three weeks, the pathway on the south side of the Bow River connecting Valley Ridge and Bowness Park will be fully closed for timber and brush clearing to accommodate the new Bow River Bridge. There will be no pathway detour available during this time, nor will there be access to the Bow River pedestrian bridge to or from the west. Pathway access to and from the east will remain open.
Alberta Transportation carefully considers the environmental impacts related to tree removal for any provincial project, including the West Calgary Ring Road. Only trees and brush in the areas required to construct the new infrastructure will be removed to support the successful completion of the project. This work will happen outside of the nesting window for migratory birds and other nesting species in accordance with the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994.
The pathway will reopen in mid-February along with a new timber staircase to access the pedestrian bridge and connect to Bowness Park. Please note that the staircase is not fully accessible so people using wheelchairs, strollers or other mobility aids should find alternate routes.
Pathway users can expect heavy equipment and construction personnel in the area for the remainder of the project. Please look for detour and closure signage in the area.
Thank you for your patience during construction.