Memorial Drive (Calgary)
Memorial Drive seen from the Zoo bridge
|Maintained by||City of Calgary|
|Length||14 km (9 mi)|
Memorial Drive (formerly Sunnyside Boulevard) is a major road in Calgary, Alberta. Besides having an important role in city infrastructure, the tree lined sides of Memorial Drive serve as a living testament to the many soldiers who died during World War I and give it a parkway look on the western section. An active path system also runs along the south side of Memorial Drive, beside the banks of the Bow River. The Calgary Soldiers' Memorial will form part of an extensive renovation to Memorial Drive, which will heighten the function of the road as a monument to the city's military. The Landscape of Memory Project began in 2004, in order to revitalize a nine kilometre stretch of the road.
Memorial Drive officially begins at an interchange with Crowchild Trail in the northwest, serving as an eastern extension of Parkdale Boulevard (which, along with 3 Avenue NW, is an extension of the arterial connector Bowness Road). The road continues east as a divided parkway until it passes the dual-intersection with 4th Street NE and Edmonton Trail at which point it becomes a freeway until Deerfoot Trail (at which point it downgrades to an at-grade expressway). (Westbound traffic is offered a flyover into downtown at the 4th/Edmonton intersection. At this point the C-Train runs along the median of the split road, beginning with the Bridgeland/Memorial Station. After passing Barlow Trail, the road downgrades to a major arterial with the C-Train turning north along 36th Street/Metis Trail after the Franklin Station. Memorial is then downgraded to traffic signalized intersections and continues east to 68th Street N.E., where it downgrades once again to a residential street for its last few blocks to its present terminus at Abbeydale Drive.
City planners have made provisions for Memorial Drive to eventually connect with the proposed East Freeway. East of 36th Street, Memorial Drive serves as the boundary between the Northeast and Southeast sectors of the city.
From west to east, the following intersections are observed along Memorial Drive:
|Memorial Drive Exit list|
- City of Calgary. The Trees of Memorial Drive
- City of Calgary revitalization plan for Memorial Drive
- Calgary Sun article
- City of Calgary. Memorial Drive Project
- "Memorial Drive on Alberta Roads". Photographed July 2002. Retrieved 7 September 2009.