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Memorial Drive at Edmonton Trail Improvements


Project update

Traffic impacts

There is now only one turning lane from westbound Memorial Drive onto the single southbound open lane of the Reconciliation Bridge until the bridge project completion date of June 30, 2019. The reverse turning lane on Memorial Drive to Edmonton Trail will instead be opened for use by eastbound left-turning traffic, allowing for an eastbound dual turn at all times of the day.


Improvements to Memorial Drive near the Edmonton Trail and 4 Street N.E. intersections will be completed in the summer of 2018. 

These improvements are designed to improve safety and access for people who walk or bicycle between Bridgeland and the river path system, and to improve safety and mobility for people driving into downtown during the morning peak period.

Primary construction began on Aug. 15, 2016 to install a new two-way Cycle Track, new road infrastructure to support a lane reversal on Memorial Drive, and several pedestrian improvements.

Memorial Drive lane reversal

In late 2016, a lane reversal system was introduced on Memorial Drive at Edmonton Trail N.E. The system provides two westbound to southbound left-turn lanes into the downtown during morning peak periods on weekdays and two eastbound to northbound turn-lanes to Edmonton Trail at all other times. Since its introduction, barricades, traffic cones and other temporary traffic control devices have been used to designate which turn lanes are in use for each direction of travel at various times of day.

In the summer of 2018, a permanent, automated lane reversal system will be installed on Memorial Drive at Edmonton Trail N.E. This system will consist of overhead lane control signals, vehicle gates and signing to advise motorists which left turn lanes are open in each direction on Memorial Drive.

To give motorists time to become familiar with the automated lane reversal system, the temporary traffic control devices that have been used since the lane reversal was introduced will be used in conjunction with the automated system for approximately one month after the automated lane reversal system is activated. At that time, the use of all temporary devices will end and the lane reversal will be operated fully with the automated system.

Motorists are advised to use caution in the area and pay close attention to all traffic control devices.

This video shows several operational and safety improvements under construction on Memorial Drive near the Edmonton Trail and 4 St NE intersections. These improvements are designed to enhance safety and operations for all modes of travel in this area.

Pedestrian improvements

  • New pathway on the south side of Memorial Drive, between Edmonton Trail N.E. and 4 Street N.E.
  • Several new accessible curb ramps
  • Improved pedestrian connectivity
  • Advanced accessible pedestrian signals, with countdown timers and audible tones
  • Ladder style crosswalks to enhance pedestrian safety

Bicycle facilities

  • A new cycle track on the west side of Edmonton Trail N.E., between Memorial Drive and 2 Avenue N.E.
  • Dedicated signal phase for cyclists to cross Memorial Drive to and from the Edmonton Trail cycle track.

Motorist improvements

Memorial Dr. lane reversal 

  • A new reversible left turn lane between Edmonton Trail N.E. intersection and 4 St N.E. to allow for dual left turns from Memorial Drive N.E. onto Edmonton Trail N.E. The lane reversal launched as a temporary detour setup in December 2016, with conversion to a permanent signalized lane reversal set to start in the summer of 2018.
  • The lane reversal will improve overall delay on Memorial Drive by about 30%.
  • During the morning peak hour, the lane reversal system will allow for dual left turns from Memorial Drive onto the Reconciliation Bridge.
  • Using a lane reversal system for this system allows the roadway to accommodate peak traffic in both directions. These improvements will decrease delays for both public transit and motorists, without increasing delays to pedestrians.
  • Off-peak parking has been added to 4 Street N.E. and Edmonton Trail N.E. within Bridgeland to improve access to businesses.
  • Reduction in speed limit to 50 km/hr on Memorial Drive for safety and consistency for east-west traffic.

Benefits to Calgarians

These improvements will provide better service to Calgarians for all modes of travel including cycling, walking, driving and taking transit. Benefits of these improvements include:

  • Improved connectivity of cyclists and pedestrians between Bridgeland and the pathways.
  • Additional 400 vehicles per hour capacity for vehicles travelling westbound Memorial Drive, entering the downtown core.
  • Enhanced pedestrian and cycling facilities to promote alternative active modes in the community
  • Reduced automobile delay on Memorial Drive, promoting reduction in shortcutting of motorists through Bridgeland Community.


Provide your feedback

If you have questions or comments about this project, we want to hear from you. Please use the 311 eService Request below to give your feedback.

Traffic control change feedback

Related documents

Memorial Dr. at Edmonton Tr. and 4 St. N.E. display board


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