Centre Street (Calgary)

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Centre St North, seen from Calgary Tower

Centre Street is a major road in Calgary, Alberta.

The northern part (Centre Street North) extends from the Bow River to Bergen Road/Beddington Drive, after which it becomes a local arterial street before it becomes unavailable to private vehicular traffic north of Bergen Crescent (the road continues, but it is only accessible to Calgary Transit and emergency vehicles). The road resumes immediately north of the "bus trap" at Beddington Trail, where it continues under the name Harvest Hills Boulevard. When the boulevard crosses Stoney Trail, the name reverts to Centre Street and the road continues north and exits the city limits. Centre Street North runs through the communities of Crescent Heights, Tuxedo Park, Highland Park, Thorncliffe, Huntington Hills and Beddington Heights. The portion north of Stoney Trail passes through an undeveloped section of the city.

The southern portion, designated Centre Street South, begins at the Bow River and continues south though Chinatown, Calgary and Downtown Calgary before ending at 9th Avenue S., at the foot of the Calgary Tower. Several non-contiguous sections of Centre Street appear sporadically south of this point, including between 10 Avenue S. and 18 Avenue S., a section of road that is also known as Volunteer Way; and as a commercial/industrial business road running south of 58 Avenue S. to Glenmore Trail, where it continues to the south as Fairmount Drive. In most of the southern part of Calgary, Macleod Trail forms the central line.

Centre Street (along with Harvest Hills Boulevard in the north and Macleod Trail in the south), defines the east and west halves of the city for the purposes of street addresses (i.e. NW, SW, NE, SE).

In the downtown section, Centre Street is lined by some of Calgary's landmark buildings, such as the Suncor Energy Centre (formerly Petro-Canada Centre), the Dragon City Mall, Telus building, Hyatt Regncy hotel and Calgary Tower. The Encana Bow tower is being built along Centre Street.

Centre Street Bridge[edit]

Centre Street Bridge over Bow River

The Centre Street Bridge was built by the City of Calgary in 1916 over the Bow River for $375,000 replacing a steel truss bridge built by a land developer called the Centre Street Bridge Company Limited.[1] It was designed by John F. Green, featured an upper and lower deck, and large cast concrete lions on four massive plinths, two at each end of the bridge.

It went through extensive restoration in 2001, when the bridge was closed for one year. The opening scene of the 2001 Steven Seagal movie Exit Wounds was filmed on the bridge during this closure.

Calgary Transit Bus Routes[edit]

The following Calgary Transit bus routes serves Centre Street (as of February 2012, communities served are in parentheses):

  • Route 2 Killarney 17th Ave./Mount Pleasant (Beddington Heights, Crescent Heights)
  • Route 3 Elbow Drive/Sandstone (Crescent Heights, Tuxedo Park, Highland Park, Thorncliffe, Huntington Hills, Beddington Heights)
  • Route 4 Huntington (Huntington Hills)
  • Route 5 North Haven (Huntington Hills)
  • Route 17 Spruce Cliff/Renfrew (Crescent Heights)
  • Route 20 Heritage/Northmount (Huntington Hills)
  • Route 32 Sunridge/Huntington (Huntington Hills, Beddington Heights)
  • Route 46 Beddington Heights (Beddington Heights, Huntington Hills)
  • Route 62 Hidden Valley Express (Crescent Heights, Tuxedo Park, Highland Park, Thorncliffe, Huntington Hills)
  • Route 64 MacEwan Express (Crescent Heights, Tuxedo Park, Highland Park, Thorncliffe, Huntington Hills)
  • Route 88 Harvest Hills (Beddington Heights, Huntington Hills)
  • Route 109 Harvest Hills Express (Crescent Heights, Tuxedo Park, Highland Park, Thorncliffe, Huntington Hills, Beddington Heights)
  • Route 114 Panorama Hills (Huntington Hills, Beddington Heights)
  • Route 116 Coventry Hills Express (Crescent Heights, Tuxedo Park, Highland Park, Thorncliffe, Huntington Hills, Beddington Heights)
  • Route 142 Panorama Hills Express (Crescent Heights, Tuxedo Park, Highland Park, Thorncliffe, Huntington Hills, Beddington Heights)
  • Route 146 Beddington Heights (Beddington Heights, Huntington Hills)
  • Route 300 BRT Airport/City Centre (Thorncliffe, Highland Park, Tuxedo Park, Crescent Heights)
  • Route 301 BRT North/Sirocco (Crescent Heights, Tuxedo Park, Highland Park, Thorncliffe, Huntington Hills, Beddington Heights)

Route[edit]

Centre Street N
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km Intersection Remarks
0 9 Avenue S One way eastbound
0.1 8 Avenue S Pedestrian mall, one way westbound when open to traffic
0.2 7 Avenue S Transit mall, no access
0.3 6 Avenue S One way westbound
0.4 5 Avenue S One way eastbound
0.5 4 Avenue S One way westbound
0.7 3 Avenue S
0.8 2 Avenue S
0.9 Riverfront Avenue S Overpass (no access), access to Centre Street Bridge lower deck
1.1 Memorial Drive N Overpass (no access), access to Centre Street Bridge lower deck
1.2 Samis Road NE Eastbound only
1.6 7 Avenue N
1.7 8 Avenue N
1.8 9 Avenue N
1.9 10 Avenue N
2.0 11 Avenue N
2.1 12 Avenue N
2.2 13 Avenue N
2.3 14 Avenue NW Westbound only
2.4 15 Avenue NW Westbound only
2.5 16 Avenue N Trans-Canada Highway (route 1)
2.6 17 Avenue N
2.7 18 Avenue N
2.8 19 Avenue N
2.9 20 Avenue N
3.0 21 Avenue N
3.1 22 Avenue N
3.2 23 Avenue N
3.3 24 Avenue N
3.4 25 Avenue N
3.5 26 Avenue N
3.6 27 Avenue N
3.7 28 Avenue N
3.8 29 Avenue N
3.9 30 Avenue N
4.0 31 Avenue N
4.1 32 Avenue N
4.3 34 Avenue N
4.5 36 Avenue N
4.7 38 Avenue N
4.9 40 Avenue N
5.0 41 Avenue N
5.1 42 Avenue N
5.2 43 Avenue N
5.3 44 Avenue N
5.6 Laycock Drive N
5.7 McKnight Boulevard N
5.9 Thorncrest Road N
6.0 Centre Crescent NW South leg, westbound only
6.1 54 Avenue N / Centre Crescent NW
6.2 55 Avenue N
6.5 Northmount Drive NW / 56 Avenue NE
6.7 59 Avenue N
6.8 60 Avenue NE
6.9 Thistle Place NE Turnaround
7.0 Blackthorn Road N
7.1 Tache Avenue NW Westbound only
7.3 64 Avenue N
7.7 68 Avenue NE Eastbound only
8.1 68 Avenue NW Westbound only
8.3 4 Street NW / 72 Avenue NE
8.9 78 Avenue N
9.1 Beddington Boulevard N
9.6 Bergen Road NW / Beddington Drive NE
9.7 Bergen Crescent NW South leg
9.9 Bergen Crescent NW North leg, transit access north to Harvest Hills Boulevard N

Centre Street N continues at Stoney Trail and to the north Intersecting at:

  • Stoney Trail N
  • 144 Avenue N
  • 176 Avenue N

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