Over the course of several months, my staff and I worked closely with the Transportation Department to determine and implement solutions to congestion on Highway 8/Glenmore Trail. After detailed analysis, Transportation determined that enhanced intersections are optimal and had a detailed design done up by external consultants. This project was completed this fall and has resulted in improved commute times for west-end residents.
Construction has concluded on the operational improvements between 69 Street SW and Sarcee Trail and our office has since received a great deal of feedback from residents. Most of the feedback is positive, with residents noticing a discernible difference in their peak hour commutes, but many have also provided their suggestions for future improvements.
The improvements were designed to loosen congestion at key bottlenecks along Glenmore Trail at 69 Street SW and Sarcee Trail. One question that we have been asked by several residents is why the project included the addition of an eastbound lane between 69 Street and Sarcee Trail, but not a westbound lane. With a project budget of $2 million, it was not possible to include widening Glenmore Trail to two lanes in both directions. Traffic operations analysis for AM and PM peak period conditions was completed to determine in which direction widening would provide the greatest overall benefit. The result indicated that it an additional eastbound lane would provide the greatest benefit. Westbound traffic congestion in the PM peak period extends upstream from the Glenmore Trail/69 Street SW intersection, eventually interfering with operations at Glenmore Trail/Sarcee Trail. The recent improvements widened the westbound lanes at the 69 Street intersection in order to increase capacity at this bottleneck.
Transportation is monitoring the success of the recent improvements over the next year or so and is receiving feedback on the improvements through both 311 and this office.
Addition of streetlights
Along with the improvements to key bottlenecks along Glenmore Trail, we have taken this opportunity to install streetlights along the entire stretch from Sarcee Trail to 69 Street SW. The lights have been illuminated and area welcome improvement that boosts visibility and safety along an increasingly important roadway.
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