St. Julien Road Reconstruction
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.
A dedicated sidewalk/trail is being created for the length of the road, all underground water and sewer lines are being replaced, private properties will have new utility connections, new street light poles are being installed, and storm drainage systems are being added.
Wolverine Street and Grizzly Street will be converted to one-way streets, exiting St. Julien Road.
This 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
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Disruption during 2022 construction
Tunnel Mountain Lower Trailhead access reopened
The lower trailhead on St. Julien Road has reopened and is accessible from the sidewalk/trail that is completely open from Wolf Street to the top of the hill at St. Julien Way.
The trail access at Caribou Street remains closed while a new trail and wooden stairs are being built. Trail access at Caribou Street and Grizzly Street will reopen by mid-November.
The lower trailhead parking lot remains closed until mid-November, but will reopen for winter.
The lower trailhead parking lot is closed until November, as it is used for material and equipment storage. Currently, landscaping materials are being stored before planting.
St. Julien Road reopens to vehicle traffic
St. Julien Road reopened on October 28, after almost 30 weeks of construction activity required the route to be closed to the public.
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.
Wolverine Street is now one-way exiting St. Julien Road, travelling downhill towards the cemetery.
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.
Weekly construction updates
- 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 - Complete
- May: temporary water and sewer system for properties on St. Julien - Complete
- May-July: water system replacement, main lines installed – Complete
- June-Aug: sanitary sewer system replacement, main lines installed – Complete
- July-Aug.: Private homes connected to new water and sewer mains - Complete
- August: storm sewer and drainage system replacement – Complete
- August: road coring and gravel base reconstruction - Complete
- August-October: road surface and trail work, curb and gutter concrete - Complete
- September-October: Road and trail paving - Complete
- September-October: Street light replacement - Complete
- October: reopen road to public traffic - Complete
- October/November: start landscaping and street furnishings – Underway - will finish in spring 2023
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.