St. Julien Road Reconstruction
https://banff.ca/DocumentCenter/View/13755/Ped-Map-2-BuffaloThe Town of Banff is reconstructing and enhancing St. Julien Road between Wolf Street and St. Julien Way in 2022. Construction will continue through the summer, and 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 Manager: Stephen Allan, PMP, Engineering Coordinator, Town of Banff
P 403.762.1296 email@example.com
Disruption during 2022 construction
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 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.
Routes 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, 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 21-29 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.
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
Map 2 - Hiker route via river trail and Buffalo Street
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.
Impact to residents - May 21-29:
- 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 be for 15 minutes or up to a couple hours.
- Temporary water services has been connected to properties on St. Julien Road this week. The temporary water service will be in place the next few months, until the full water main line has been replaced. The water line replacement is starting at the top of the hill near St. Julien Way.
- This week, locating water mains and control valves will result in excavation at the intersection of Wolf Street, Grizzly Street and St. Julien Road, and at Wolverine Street's entrance to St. Julien Road.
This week, resident access points to St. Julien Road:
- closed access: Grizzly/Wolf/Moose St. entrance to St. Julien Rd. (Tuesday onward)
- closed access: Wolverine Street entrance to St. Julien (Wednesday-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 (Tues-Sun)
- 341 Grizzly Street (Tues-Sun)
- 222, 226 A and B St. Julien Rd. (Wed-Sun)
- 132, 136 St. Julien Rd. (Wed-Thurs)
View and download the UPDATED schedule matrix and map below.
Click Map below for PDF download:
- 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:
- May 21 update
- May 13 update
- May 10 update
- May 7 update
- April 29 update
- April 23 update
- April 6 update
- March 28 update
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.
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.