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Traffic tips

Our traffic safety focus for the month of June is construction zone safety.

Tips for avoiding the delays of construction zones

Everyone hates delays. Here are some tips for helping you avoid them.

  • Follow @yyctransport on Twitter for the most up-to-date traffic information, or visit Calgary.ca/trafficinfo.
  • Plan trips with the expectation that travel will take a few minutes longer during the summer construction season.
  • Use alternate routes if you know the whereabouts of a construction zone, especially zones operating over a lengthy period of time. This will reduce traffic congestion and related risks.

Be safe

  • Obey speed limits in construction zones. Sometimes hazards are not visible to the motorist, but still pose a threat.
  • Obey all rules and signs even when people and equipment are not working – these are there for your safety and there may be danger present!
  • Cooperate with other drivers to keep traffic moving smoothly. When traffic needs to merge because of a lane closure, ease into the driving lane early and leave gaps for other vehicles to merge.

When you encounter road construction, slow down for everyone's protection and obey the signs and the flagperson's instructions.

Obey the signs even when there are no construction workers on the road, because there may still be some other road hazards present.

Speeding fines are doubled in construction zones. The Government of Alberta also enacted increased speeding fines in construction zones, which now range from $156 to $949.

For more information visit, our Construction Zone Safety page or Traffic Safety in Alberta.


Speed Limits

  • The standard speed limit on Calgary roads is 50 km/h, unless otherwise posted.
  • The speed limit in alleys is 15 km/h.
  • The speed limit in school and playground zones is 30 km/h during the hours indicated on signs.

In addition to regular enforcement, The City of Calgary uses specialized cameras to enforce speed at several intersections. If a vehicle registered to you is captured on camera travelling through a red light or speeding through a green light, you may receive a traffic fine in the mail.

Community associations can request the placement of a Speed Limit Warning Sign (SLOWS) trailer in an area where speeding is a concern.

To learn more about safety tips for responsible driving, please visit the Government of Alberta Transportation or the Alberta Motor Association.

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