CALGARY- Weeks of intense construction work along Bow Trail and 14 Street has some southwest Calgary businesses taking a hit.
Access to stores near 37 Street has been virtually cut off by the road work, which started before Stampede.
“When they can do Deerfoot [Trail] in a matter of days and this is only 10 blocks of Bow Trail and it’s been over three weeks, it’s disappointing,” says John Fitzsimmons from Fitz Flooring.
In frustration, he has put up a sign that reads ‘Bow Trail is not Rome. Please complete.’
One wireless shop only saw a couple of customers show up the entire past weekend.
“Walk- in traffic is a lot lower,” complains Simon Kassem from ClearWest Solutions. “Over the weekend it was really hard to see clients come through.”
The city says paving crews encountered problems with a gas line, but expect to be back on track in the coming days.
“The project timeline for Bow Trail is until mid-August, so we will be up in the area doing paving work,” explains Carissa Vescio from the City of Calgary. “Certainly access to those businesses will be a lot easier come this weekend.”
Road work along 14 Street near 17 Ave. S.W. is also creating headaches. The usual four lanes of traffic have been reduced to two.
“35 to 40 per cent we lost in two months time of our business—that’s expensive,” says Surya Visvanatha who owns a nearby UPS store “It is expensive and nobody can even walk in.”
The city recommends avoiding the area over the weekend, when more intersections are scheduled to close.