The City of Calgary and Alberta Transportation are working together to
study Deerfoot Trail and recommend safety and mobility improvements. Although
not in Ward 11, Deerfoot Trail is used by many of us, and is a significant
artery in the city.
The study will consider a wide range of possible freeway management
strategies, including some new to Calgary. The overall emphasis will be on
maximizing the existing infrastructure, accommodating future growth and
aligning with relevant long range planning documents, including the Calgary
Where is the study area?
The City is studying Deerfoot Trail between the Stoney Trail
interchanges in the north and south. The study area is 37.5 km long, and
includes 20 interchanges. Approximately 44 communities border the study area.
Please note the Stoney Trail interchanges are included only as the limits of
the study. The study recommendations are not anticipated to include
significant changes to these interchanges.
View the Deerfoot Trail Study Area Map
Why is this study needed?
Deerfoot Trail is Calgary’s oldest freeway, and the busiest in Alberta.
The majority of Deerfoot Trail was built between 1971 and 1982. The city’s
population has doubled since 1981 and the aging infrastructure is no longer
meeting current traffic demand, resulting in traffic congestion, unreliability
and safety concerns.
When will the study
recommendations be available?
Short-term study recommendations are expected in early 2017 and
long-term recommendations will be available by the end of 2018. There are
several reasons the long-term study recommendations will take two years:
Significant length and complexity of the study
Necessary to review of existing and future
conditions, best practices research on urban freeway management from
around the world, and a thorough review of all possible strategies to
improve the road.
Emerging details about other major capital
projects, such as the Calgary Transit Green Line and Southwest
Calgary Ring Road, will change the traffic demands on Deerfoot Trail.
The solutions need to be acceptable to both
The City of Calgary (local road network) and Alberta Transportation
(provincial road network).
The study needs to be completed from a “big
picture” perspective; recommendations will need to work for the whole
corridor and not just localized improvements.
Facts about Deerfoot Trail
Deerfoot Trail is part of the National Highway
Network and managed by Alberta Transportation.
In Calgary, Deerfoot Trail is part of the
Primary Goods Movement Network, and is classified as a skeletal
road in the Calgary
Transportation Plan. Skeletal roads are often high-speed roads aimed
at moving cars and trucks for long distances.
The average daily traffic ranges from 83,000
vehicles per day at the south end to 170,000 vehicles per day north of
The engagement for Phase 1 of the study is now complete. The feedback
will inform The City’s short and long term study recommendations, where
possible. An information session will be held in early 2017 to communicate the
short-term improvement recommendations. The details will be posted online when
they are confirmed.
View the What We
Heard Report from Phase 1 Engagement
This content represents the personal views and opinions of the Ward Councillor and should not be taken as a statement of policy of The City of Calgary. The inclusion of any external content does not imply endorsement by The City of Calgary.