To improve travel and reduce congestion along Crowchild Trail, The City is implementing some of the short-term recommendations identified in the Crowchild Trail Study.
Left turn restriction to Kensington Road
After careful evaluation, The City implemented a restriction of the left-hand, northbound turn from Crowchild Trail to Kensington Road N.W. during the morning rush hours (6 a.m. to 9 a.m.) on weekdays after seeing positive results from a trial that ended in early 2017.
Restricting the left-hand turn allowed for a longer green signal time for the heaviest amount of traffic headed southbound on Crowchild Trail N.W., travel time measurements through the intersection and observations show that this has improved traffic flow.
Hours in effect
During morning rush hours (6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Monday to Friday).
Intersection changes you will see
To prevent traffic from turning left from northbound Crowchild Trail to Kensington Road N.W., the turn arrow will not light up and a sign has been installed that changes during the turn restriction to let motorists know that they will not be able to turn left.
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Frequently asked questions
Typically a “long” wait time is determined by how many light cycles a vehicle would be at a light for. In traffic terms, a vehicle should only be in queue at a light for one cycle. In the instance of Crowchild Trail at Kensington Road N.W., commuters were waiting much longer than one light cycle before being allowed to continue, this is especially noticeable during rush hour times.
The City is always examining various locations around Calgary where traffic congestion can be reduced through signal adjustments and lane improvements. As part of the Crowchild Trail Study in partnership with the Traffic Operational Improvements (TOI) program, the intersection of Crowchild Trail and Kensington Road N.W. was identified as an intersection where changes could be made.
Implementing these changes to this intersection is the most cost effective option The City considered. A typical traffic interchange costs approximately $50 million, versus these improvements which will cost a very small percentage of a full interchange.
Motorists are advised to use Memorial Drive as an alternate to making the left northbound turn from Crowchild Trail to Kensington Road N.W.
For more information about traffic please visit the Calgary traffic report page.