The automated gate arms at the intersection of Lake Fraser Gate and Macleod Trail are fully functional.
Permanent changes to Lake Fraser Gate
The turn signals at Lake Fraser Gate are restricted during the morning rush hour (6 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.) in an effort to provide more green time to traffic travelling along Macleod Trail. This helps keep traffic flowing more smoothly along Macleod Trail.
The permanent installation at the intersection of Macleod Trail at Lake Fraser Gate includes the following:
- One drop down gate arm for the left turning lane from westbound Lake Fraser Gate to southbound Macleod Trail S.E.
- Two drop down gate arms for the left turn from southbound Macleod Trail S.E. to eastbound Lake Fraser Gate.
- Additional signage and LED lit signage.
Lake Fraser Gate traffic pilot
The Lake Fraser Gate traffic pilot was done in November 2012 for a three month trial. The pilot project involved restricting the left turns at the intersection of Lake Fraser Gate and Macleod Trail S.E. during the morning rush hour.
- What are the traffic volumes in this area?
- What were the benefits to this traffic project?
- What are the alternative routes now that this installation is permanent?
- Where can I find information to re-route my commute?
- Why did The City decide to move forward with this installation?
1. What are the traffic volumes in this area?
The intersection of Lake Fraser Gate at northbound Macleod Trail accommodates approximately 4800 vehicles during morning rush hour. By comparison, the left turn at Lake Fraser Gate westbound to southbound accommodates 40 vehicles during this same time period. Additionally, the southbound Macleod Trail left turn to eastbound Lake Fraser Gate accommodates 140 vehicles during this time period.
2. What were the benefits to this project?
According to data collected during the pilot project, there are a number of benefits to the Lake Fraser Gate installation:
- Overall travel time savings – 110 seconds for motorists travelling northbound Macleod Trail between Canyon Meadows Drive and Southland Drive S.E.
- Estimated economic benefit of $10,500 per day
- Estimated greenhouse gas emission reduction of 15.6 tonnes/year
3. What are the alternative routes now that this installation is permanent?
Rather than turning left at Lake Fraser Gate from Macleod Trail, morning commuters are advised to access Lake Fraser Drive via Canyon Meadows Drive. Commuters wishing to travel south on Macleod Trail from Lake Fraser Drive should use Canyon Meadows Drive. According to initial travel time studies this route, during morning rush hour reduces a commute by 40 seconds.
4. Where can I find information to re-route my commute?
For more information about traffic please visit Calgary.ca/trafficinfo.
5. Why did The City decide to move forward with this installation?
This project is part of the Traffic Operational Improvements (TOI) program. The TOI program was developed to evaluate various intersections across Calgary which experience heavy traffic congestion. Once an intersection has found to meet the necessary criteria of the TOI program, a temporary traffic pilot or, in some cases, permanent traffic measures will be proposed for installation.