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McKenzie Towne roundabout FAQ

In November 2012, The City installed traffic lines and signs in the McKenzie Towne roundabout as a way to safely assist in the direction of traffic in and around the roundabout. Due to citizen feedback, The City had these lines removed from within the roundabout.  

  1. What is the history of the McKenzie Towne roundabout?
  2. Why did The City paint lines in this roundabout?
  3. Why were the lines removed?
  4. Will the removal of the lines affect the safety of the circle?
  5. What is the current traffic pattern?

1. What is the history of the McKenzie Towne roundabout?

The McKenzie Towne roundabout was installed in 1998. The roundabout consists of multi-lanes and has five access and exit points. Initially the roundabout was installed without painted lines which adhered to The City of Calgary’s Traffic Policy.

2. Why did The City paint lines in this roundabout?

In early November 2012, in accordance with the area’s Aldermanic office, City Roads crews painted lines in the McKenzie Towne in roundabout. Prior to painting lines in the roundabout, engineers conducted a thorough analysis of what the most suitable line pattern would be for commuter traffic in that area.

The Modified Multi-lane roundabout was chosen to accommodate the high traffic volumes in this area and address safety concerns at this roundabout. Implementing the multi-lane roundabout was expected to reduce incidents and ensure the safety of daily commuters.

3. Why were the lines removed?

Due to feedback from area residents and commuters, The City of Calgary, in agreement with The Office of Alderman Keating, decided to have the lines removed in the McKenzie Towne roundabout.

4. Will the removal of the lines affect the safety of the circle?

The City of Calgary would like to assure motorists that the removal of the lines will not detract from the safety of this roundabout.

5. What is the current traffic pattern?

After the lines were removed, two curved line segments were installed on the east and west sides of the roundabout. These line segments are to highlight the division of lanes in the roundabout. It is important to note that the McKenzie Towne roundabout is a two lane roundabout and will continue to be so with the removal of the lines.