St. Julien Road Reconstruction

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St Julien Concept

The Town of Banff is reconstructing and enhancing St. Julien Road between Wolf Street and the Banff Centre in 2022. Construction will continue until October. All underground water and sewer lines are being replaced, private properties will have new utility connections, a sidewalk/trail is being created for the length of the road, new street lighting and storm drainage systems are being added. Renewal will create a safer road for hikers, cyclists and drivers.

Contractor: Bremner Engineering and Construction Ltd (BECL), based in the Bow Valley, was selected as prime construction contractor in a national open tender in early 2022.
 
Project ManagerStephen Allan, PMP, Engineering Coordinator, Town of Banff
P 403.762.1296 stjulienroad@banff.ca 

Disruption during 2022 construction

During the reconstruction, work will create significant disruptions to the people who live on the street, people who use the street to access Banff Centre, and hikers going to the Tunnel Mountain Trail. Information below is updated weekly with specific disruption impact and detour information.

Tunnel Mountain Summit Trailhead 

Due to the construction on St. Julien Road, the best way for hikers to access the Tunnel Mountain Summit Trail is to bypass St. Julien Road and walk to the upper trailhead on Tunnel Mountain Drive. The lower trailhead parking lot is closed and parking at the upper trailhead is limited to a few cars, which fills up early. Walking from downtown is the best way to reach the trail.

Route options to the upper trailhead:

  • Walk south on Otter Street to Wolverine Street and use the Ken Madsen Path behind the Old Cemetery up to Banff Centre, and then take St. Julien Way to Tunnel Mountain Drive (See map 1 below).
  • Walk on the Buffalo Street trail to Surprise Corner viewpoint, on Tunnel Mountain Drive, and the upper Tunnel Mountain Trailhead (See map 2 below).

Hikers heading to the Tunnel Mountain Trail in the week of May 27-June 2 will be able to access the lower trailhead, but are required to detour south on Otter Street or Grizzly Street, and north on Wolverine Street, then cross the construction site of St. Julien Road when allowed by work crews, to reach the lower trailhead. However, due to the constant heavy vehicle movement this week, hikers are encouraged to use the detours below to avoid the risk of not being permitted to cross St. Julien Road.

The lower trailhead located on St. Julien Road will not be accessible for most of the reconstruction project

Map 1 - Hiker route via Banff Centre 

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Map 2 - Hiker route via river trail and Buffalo Street

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Banff Centre access

Pedestrian access to Banff Centre will be maintained on the Ken Madsen trail behind the cemetery, accessed on Wolverine Street. Vehicle access is limited to Buffalo Street and Tunnel Mountain Drive.

2022-05-27 dig at Wolf and Grizzly

All pedestrian and vehicle access is closed this week to St. Julien Road at Wolf Street and Grizzly Street.

Impact to residents -  May 27-June 2:

  • St. Julien Road is closed to public access by vehicle, bicycle or by foot. 
    • St. Julien Road will be closed until October.
    • Only residents who live on St. Julien Road are allowed to use the temporary walkway to access their homes, when it is safe to do so.
    • 4 parking zones for local residents only are established outside the construction zone (see map below)
  • All homes on St. Julien Road will have intermittent closures of driveway access this week. These closures could range in duration between 15 minutes and a few hours. 
  • This week, the excavation will close all pedestrian and vehicle access to St. Julien Road at the intersection of Wolf Street, Grizzly Street and the lowest point of St. Julien Road.  Wolverine Street's entrance to St. Julien Road will have temporary closures. 
  • Work involves removal and replacement of water mains starting this week. 
     
    This week, the status of resident access points to St. Julien Road: 
    • closed access: Wolf/Grizzly/Moose St. entrance to St. Julien Rd. (today until Friday)
    • intermittently closed access: Wolverine Street entrance to St. Julien (today until Friday)
    • mostly open: back alley/lane for Wolverine St.
    • mostly open: St. Julien Way at St. Julien Rd.
  • These homes are scheduled for full-day closures this week preventing access from St. Julien Road: 

    • 609 Wolf Street (Friday-Friday)
    • 341 Grizzly Street (Friday-Friday)
    • 222, 226 A and B St. Julien Rd. (Friday-Friday)

View previous project update newsletters below for details on construction work.

View and download the UPDATED schedule matrix and map below.

Click schedule below (Updated May 27) for PDF download:

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Click Map below for PDF download:

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Project Overview

The development will follow the concept design approved by Banff Town Council in 2021 following comprehensive public engagement with local Banff residents. The reconstruction project will:

  • replace and realign the aging water and sanitary sewer pipes under the road
  • replace all utility connections to properties along the road
  • create a separated trail the full length of the road from Wolf St. to the Banff Centre intersection - the trail will be shared by pedestrians, hikers and cyclists heading uphill 
  •  improve the storm drainage for the road
  • resurface the length of the street
  • enhance safety at St. Julien's connections to Wolverine Street and Grizzly Street
  • convert Wolverine Street into a one-way street off St. Julien
  • add stairs and better alignment for a straight pedestrian trail connecting Caribou Street and the St. Julien Trail
  • add more street lighting
  • regrade the access to St. Julien at the bottom of the hill at Wolf Street
  • improve the entrance intersection at Banff Centre

The work will create a safer street for residents and visitors, and a longer lifecycle of the entire infrastructure below and above ground. It will become a more enjoyable route to the Tunnel Mountain trailhead and the street will drain better and snow clearing will be improved.

The reconstruction of the road and sidewalk is based on the Banff Streetscape Design Guidelines for this type of  road, factoring the width constraints and slope challenges of a road on the side of a mountain.

Project Timeline

  • February-April 2021: public engagement to Finalize Design - Complete 
  • May 10, 2021: Council approves design based on public input - Complete
  • May-September 2021: detailed design and engineering planning - Complete
  • November 2021 - January 2022: Council approves capital project in budget debate - Complete 
  • February-March 2022: tender construction project - Complete

2022 Construction Milestones 

  • March: tree removal to allow trail widening and road construction works to proceed - Complete
  • April/May: road surface removal starts
  • May: temporary water and sewer system established for properties on St. Julien
  • May-July: water system replacement
  • June-Aug: sanitary sewer system replacement
  • August: storm sewer and drainage system replacement
  • Sept: Street light replacement
  • August-October: road surface and trail work
  • October/November (weather permitting): landscaping and surface infrastructure finishing – may carry over 2023

This construction timeline will be updated at the start of construction in May.

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Previous 2022 updates:

Info Session and Q&A

The Town hosted an online information and Q&A session on April 7, 2022, for residents and interested members of the public. The session provided an overview of the project, what residents who live on the street can expect, the planned schedule, and answers to any questions to the project manager.  The information session was delivered over Zoom using a "webinar" function, allowing the session to be recorded.

More information, such as maps, detour routes, and construction schedules affecting each property will be added to this project page as they are finalized.

Public Input

The Town gathered input on the design options in 2021. (Completed public input: banffviewpoints.ca/stjulien.) Engagement through walking tours, online forum and surveys and submitted discussion guides provided direction on a number of options for the road design that were presented to Banff Town Council in May 2021. Council approved the final design concept, then set the budget in January 2022.