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5 Avenue S.W. morning connector

Peak hour automated lane reversal

Additional access onto 5 Avenue S.W. into the downtown core for morning commuters is provided via the 5 Avenue morning connector.


Complete an online service request to inquire about the design of a lane reversal or to revise hours on an existing lane reversal. Call 311 directly for any repair or maintenance issues.

Remotely controlled and visible from The City's Traffic Management Centre, this system consists of motorized gates and overhead LED lane control signals.

The 5 Avenue Connector lane reversal serves over 500,000 vehicles per year saving commuters up to 12 minutes each morning. It reduces the traffic congestion on Bow Trail entering the downtown core. The lane reversal is in effect from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. weekdays, with the exception of statutory holidays. Normally the transition begins at 5:50 a.m. and 8:50 a.m. and takes up to 10 minutes.

How does it work?

  • From 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., eastbound Bow Trail traffic destined for 5 Avenue has an additional route available on Pumphouse Avenue to 5 Avenue via contra flow on Bow Trail adjacent to the Bow River.
  • Motorists are able to avoid three traffic signals along 11 Street and bypass recurrent queuing traffic along eastbound Bow Trail.
  • The centre lane of Bow Trail west bound is closed from 14 Street to Pumphouse Road to better separate the opposing traffic movements.
  • Traffic travelling westbound on 4 Avenue is directed to 6 Avenue via 10 Street from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. weekdays.

A lane reversal is an arrangement where traffic is permitted to flow in different directions during different times of the day. It is generally used to provide additional capacity for peak period traffic flow.


There are two printable versions of the map showing the route to the connector:

The 5 Avenue S.W. morning connector - full route map shows the extent of the connector from Bow Trail S.W. through to 10 Street S.W.

The 5 Avenue S.W. morning connector - photo overlay map shows the west and east ends of the connector in greater detail. ​​