The Town of Banff invests in pavement repairs each year to maintain smooth streets and trails, especially for cyclists and skateboarders, who are required to use the road network, and for Roam Transit users, coach riders and drivers. Smooth roads improve the experience for residents and about 4 million people who visit the tourist destination each year, and extend the life of the road infrastructure and the vehicles that use them.
The Town is resurfacing about four sections of roadway and sections of trails this year, adding to the 7,572 metres of paving completed in the last 5 years, plus the complete resurfacing of Banff Avenue and redevelopment of Bear Street and St. Julien Road.
The 2023 pavement management program this year involves the resurfacing of:
- Spray Avenue from Bow Falls Road to the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in June
- Bow Falls Road around the Bow Falls parking lot this month
- Roadways and asphalt in the Old Banff Cemetery, which will be closed to vehicles June 5-8
- Train Station Parking Lot trail to Banff Child Care corner on Moose St. paving (completed)
- Banff Child Care Parking lot repaving
- Central Park Trail asphalt repairs in June
“Preventative maintenance treatments and pavement overlay really improve the condition and add longer life to our network,” says Adrian Field, Director of Engineering for the Town of Banff. “Although they may cause short-term frustration and affect normal travel routes, the work produces long-term benefits for mobility in Banff.”
The road overlay program and trail improvement work in 2023 represents and investment of about $890,000.
Banff has a 30 km/h speed limit on all roads (lower on some streets such as Bear Street) to make the roads safer for pedestrians, cyclists and skateboarders, especially in consideration of tourists unfamiliar with the community. The treatments are applied over the entire service life of the pavement and include activities such as milling and overlay of roads, crack sealing, pothole repair and micro-surfacing.
Town of Banff crews and contractors appreciate road users’ patience while work is underway and thanks everyone for following all detours, flaggers and for making safety the priority during travel around work crews.
Visit banff.ca/roads through the year for road construction closure information, or sign up for notifications sent to you through the same system as emergency alerts at banff.ca/Alerts.