Street reopens - St. Julien Road Project Update - Oct. 28
St. Julien Road reopened today for vehicle traffic, ending almost 30 weeks of construction activity requiring the route to be closed to the public.
Last week, work focused on landscaping, rebuilding stone staircases connecting to several uphill properties, sign installation and work on the trail access at Caribou Street. Construction will continue on site until snow and temperatures end work for 2022.
Next week, crews will work on landscaping and development of the new trail and wood stairs at Caribou Street. This trail access is expected to be completed by mid-November.
The parking lot at the Tunnel Mountain Trailhead will remain closed for a few more weeks, for storage of equipment, material and heavy machinery. The parking lot will reopen for winter.
The new sidewalk/trail is open the full length of St. Julien Road, from Wolf Street to the Tunnel Mountain Trailhead and up to Banff Centre. This provides a safe alternative to the road shoulder used in the past to walk the upper half of the route. The access trail from Caribou Street remains closed until mid-November.
Work will resume in the spring of 2023 with final site cleanup and planting and landscaping of flora best planted in spring, and final site furnishings.
With work continuing, drivers are urged to drive slowly and watch for construction crews on site. Please pay attention and follow the directions of traffic controllers and traffic control signs for your safety and the safety of the workers.
The speed limit is reduced to 30 km/h, because this is now the speed limit town-wide. Grizzly street remains one-way exiting St. Julien Road at Caribou Street. This route will be closed for a couple weeks while construction on the trail continues.
Wolverine Street is now one-way exiting St. Julien Road, travelling downhill towards the cemetery.
With the reconstruction project nearing completion, crews have replaced or built:
- 660 metres of water mains
- 430 metres of sewer mains
- 17 individual resident service connections for water and sewer
- 560 metres of roadway, including 1,055 metres of new curb and gutters
- 380 lineal metres of stone retaining wall
- A 2-metre-wide asphalt pathway the full length of St. Julien Road
The construction crews and the Town of Banff thank residents for their patience during the project, which had a significant impact on the lives of people living on the road, those commuting to Banff Centre and hikers heading to the trailhead.
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