Project Update - Improvements to the operation of the intersection of Crowchild Trail and 24 Ave NW
1. Restricting the northbound to westbound (Crowchild Trail to 24 Avenue) left turn during the morning peak period. This permits time within the signal cycle that would be given to the very small number of left turning vehicles to be reallocated to the very heavy southbound through movement, thus reducing queuing and delays for this movement. This restriction has been in place since August of 2013 and it has been a positive improvement.
2. Construction of dual eastbound to northbound (24 Avenue to Crowchild Trail) left turn lanes. This is currently a single left turn lane and it becomes heavily congested at times. The dual turn will aid in reducing this congestion. For various reasons, this was not able to proceed during the 2013 construction season, when originally planned, nor during the 2014 season. Everything is now in order and construction is planned to start shortly. The attached plan shows the planned changes to the intersection.
3. Installation of a signal warning flasher on southbound Crowchild Trail in advance of the 24 Avenue intersection. There has been a history of collisions in this direction and this is a measure to counter this. This is planned to be installed this construction season. The warning flasher for southbound traffic at Crowchild Trail and 24 Avenue is tentatively scheduled to be made operational on August 30, barring any unforeseen issues.
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