Bow Trail

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Bow Trail
Calgary (4713574372).jpg
Eastbound into Downtown Calgary
Length 9 km (6 mi)
West end 85 Street West
Major
junctions
Sarcee Trail
Crowchild Trail
East end 9 Avenue/6 Avenue South

Bow Trail is a major road in the southwest quadrant of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. It lends its name from the Bow River, which runs through the city north of the road itself. It runs from 85 Street SW to downtown Calgary, where the traffic is redirected to 9 Avenue SW, on the southern edge of downtown.

Bow Trail, along with 17 Avenue SW, are two major thoroughfares linking downtown Calgary to the west end of the city. In the late 1960s, there were plans to extend Bow Trail along a more northerly alignment (roughly at the present-day 3 Avenue S) before linking with Memorial Drive east of downtown. Fierce opposition to freeways running through downtown Calgary scuttled the plans, and the C-Train came into favour.

History[edit]

Prior to it being named Bow Trail, the road west of 33 Street SW was known as Banff Coach Road. The road was rerouted with westbound expansion, with Bow Trail being rerouted on a more southerly route west of Sarcee Trail. The remainder of the road exists today, as Old Banff Coach Road. East of 33 Street SW and west of Crowchild Trail, Bow Trail conformed to Calgary's street numbering conventions, and was known as 12 Avenue SW. 12 Avenue SW continues to exist today, as a frontage road to Bow Trail.

In 2004, the city of Calgary conducted a traffic volume study along Bow Trail that found the four lane road inadequate.[1] Consequently, an additional westbound lane was added between 33 Street and Sarcee Trail by 2006. The section between Sarcee Trail and Strathcona Boulevard was widened and landscaped by 2007, while the intersection with Sarcee Trail was improved.

In 2010, construction of the west leg of the C-Train light rail transit system begun along the Bow Trail between Crowchild Trail and 33 Street West.[2] This involved widening Bow Trail east of 33rd Street, and a slight realignment that said intersection to allow room for the tracks and a tunnel entrance. Construction was completed in December 2012.

As of 2015, Bow Trail ends at 85th Street, though the road actually continues for a short way beyond as an unpaved rural access road. The City's transportation plan calls for Bow to eventually be extended westward from 85th Street to link with a planned southwestern leg of the Stoney Trail ring road; as of 2015, no official time frame has been announced for construction.

Route[edit]

From west to east, Bow Trail runs through the following intersections

km Intersection Notes Coordinates
0 85 Street SW / 12 Avenue SW 51°03′10″N 114°12′39″W / 51.05278°N 114.21086°W / 51.05278; -114.21086 (85 Street)
2.0 Strathcona Boulevard / Old Banff Coach Road 51°03′08″N 114°10′55″W / 51.05214°N 114.18194°W / 51.05214; -114.18194 (Strathcona)
3.1 Strathcona Hill Eastbound exit and entrance only 51°03′13″N 114°10′01″W / 51.05364°N 114.16694°W / 51.05364; -114.16694 (Strathcona Hill)
3.4 Sarcee Trail 51°03′08″N 114°09′51″W / 51.05231°N 114.16417°W / 51.05231; -114.16417 (Sarcee)
4.1 46 Street SW Southbound only 51°02′57″N 114°09′14″W / 51.04913°N 114.15400°W / 51.04913; -114.15400 (46 Street)
4.2 45 Street SW 51°02′56″N 114°09′10″W / 51.04883°N 114.15271°W / 51.04883; -114.15271 (45 Street)
4.5 Rossmere Road / 42 Street SW 51°02′49″N 114°08′49″W / 51.04705°N 114.14690°W / 51.04705; -114.14690 (Rossmere Road)
4.7 40 Street SW Eastbound exit and entrance only 51°02′47″N 114°08′40″W / 51.04630°N 114.14452°W / 51.04630; -114.14452 (40 Street)
5.0 38 Street SW Northbound only 51°02′45″N 114°08′36″W / 51.04591°N 114.14331°W / 51.04591; -114.14331 (38 Street)
5.2 8 Avenue SW / 37 Street SW 51°02′42″N 114°08′28″W / 51.04493°N 114.14113°W / 51.04493; -114.14113 (8 Avenue)
5.3 36 Street SW Westbound exit and entrance only 51°02′41″N 114°08′23″W / 51.04463°N 114.13971°W / 51.04463; -114.13971 (36 Street)
5.6 11 Avenue SW Westbound exit and entrance only 51°02′32″N 114°08′17″W / 51.04235°N 114.13795°W / 51.04235; -114.13795 (11 Avenue)
5.8 33 Street SW 51°02′29″N 114°08′08″W / 51.04141°N 114.13542°W / 51.04141; -114.13542 (33 Street)
6.2 29 Street SW Southbound only 51°02′29″N 114°07′46″W / 51.04149°N 114.12952°W / 51.04149; -114.12952 (29 Street)
6.6 26 Street SW / 12 Avenue SW 51°02′29″N 114°07′25″W / 51.04149°N 114.12366°W / 51.04149; -114.12366 (26 Street)
7.0 24 Street SW Westbound exit and entrance to northbound 24 Street, Eastbound exit and entrance to southbound 24 Street 51°02′30″N 114°07′04″W / 51.04160°N 114.11781°W / 51.04160; -114.11781 (24 Street)
7.5 Crowchild Trail No Eastbound exit 51°02′35″N 114°06′44″W / 51.04300°N 114.11224°W / 51.04300; -114.11224 (Crowchild Trail)
7.8 10 Avenue SW Eastbound exit and Westbound entrance 51°02′40″N 114°06′29″W / 51.04454°N 114.10804°W / 51.04454; -114.10804 (10 Avenue)
8.9 14 Street SW 51°02′46″N 114°05′41″W / 51.04622°N 114.09473°W / 51.04622; -114.09473 (14 Street)
9.0 9 Avenue SW / Pumphouse Avenue / 16 Street SW 51°02′47″N 114°05′33″W / 51.04626°N 114.09247°W / 51.04626; -114.09247 (9 Avenue)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ City of Calgary. "Bow Trail - 37 Street S.W. to Strathcona Boulevard S.W.". 
  2. ^ West LRT. "Construction map". Archived from the original on 2008-10-05. Retrieved 201-09-12.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)