Neighbourhood Streets Northhill communities planning
Project update - November 2022
Construction is underway for the North Hill area improvements and is anticipated to be mostly complete by the end of 2022.
Crews will be aiming to complete asphalt roadway surface patching, bollard installations, and signage as weather and resources permit.
Due to the freezing weather, the speed humps installation will occur in 2023.
These changes will discourage shortcutting and ensure residential streets remain pleasant and quiet routes.
During construction, there will be temporary sidewalk/parking/roadway access closures, noise, dust and construction equipment in the area while we work to complete the improvements. We know that construction can be disruptive, and our goal is to minimize impacts as best that we can. We will do most of our work during the day, to avoid noise impacts into the night as much as possible, and we will provide access detours, local access, or temporary ramp access for areas that are intermittently closed for construction, wherever possible.
We appreciate your patience while crews are working in your area.
As part of the Neighbourhood Streets Program, the North Hill Area Project implemented temporary traffic calming measures, improved crossings and park improvements along 1 Street N.E. and 2 Street N.W.
This project has been informed by engagement held over the last six years for Green Line, The City's local growth planning program's work in North Hill Communities and Main Streets, which all identified a desire to see reduced vehicle volumes and speeds along residential streets parallel to Centre Street N and to provide safe and comfortable walking and cycling routes.
To help create inclusive, safe streets for all residents and commuters, we are:
- Making the diagonal diverters permanent at 1 Street and 34 Avenue N.E. and 2 Street and 22 Avenue N.W.
- The new diverter has a large island that extends out into the intersection, which makes pedestrians and cyclists more visible to vehicles approaching.
- The large extension will also reduce pedestrian crossing distance.
- Based on best practice and engineering design, it is anticipated that vehicles will slow down further, because they are making a 90-degree turn. While this may not have been the case with the temporary materials, we know that people tend to respect permanent, concrete materials more so than temporary materials.
- Bicycle yield signs will be installed, to let cyclists and wheeling users know that they do not have the right of way, and to watch out for vehicles.Installing new speed humps on 23 Avenue and 2 Street N.W. to help slow down vehicle speeds on adjacent avenues.
- Installing new temporary traffic calming curb extensions beside Crescent Heights High School, to increase pedestrian and school safety.
Adjacent to this project is the expansion to Balmoral Circus Park, transforming the paved intersection at 2 Street and 19 Avenue N.W. into park space and limiting vehicle access with temporary materials. Visit Balmoral Circus Park Improvements for information on timelines, final designs and more.
- Ensure that as more people choose to live and work along the North Hill Main Streets (4 Street N.W., Centre Street N, and Edmonton Trail N.E.), the nearby residential streets remain pleasant and quiet routes where neighbours connect and have safe options for all ages and abilities to travel throughout the area.
- Discourage vehicle shortcutting along 1 Street N.E., 2 Street N.W., while still giving vehicle access to residents by ensuring routes are intuitive and align with local destinations.
- Complete pathway and sidewalk network connections.
- Enhance the residential street environment and create community amenities and green spaces.
- Maintain local vehicle parking and access where possible.
- Collect feedback on the effectiveness of the temporary traffic calming measures in meeting the project goals for the community and users.
In fall 2021, traffic calming measure were installed using temporary materials. View the North Hill traffic calming map here.
- Diagonal diverters were placed at:
- 1 Street N.E.
- 34 Avenue N.E., 22 Avenue N.E.,18 Avenue N.E.
- 2 Street N.W.
- 22 Avenue N.W.
- Balmoral Circus Park expansion at 2 Street and 19 Avenue N.W
- Learn more at calgary.ca/BalmoralCircusPark
A What We Heard report from engagement that took place in November to December 2020 can be found here.
Following the temporary traffic calming measure installations in fall 2020, we asked for feedback on the impacts and effectiveness of the measures with regards to travel in and through the area.
The project team reviewed traffic calming measures, such as the location sand orientation, based on feedback provided during this engagement and data collection.
Balmoral Circus Park
The project team asked how residents used the park in the past and how the temporary materials allowed them to use the park differently. We collected feedback about design considerations for the space, to create an attractive and meaningful community destination. Learn more at calgary.ca/BalmoralCircusPark.
In fall 2021, we built a multi-use pathway connection along 2 Street N.W. between 9 Avenue and 11 Avenue. This connection fills a gap in the walking and wheeling network in the North Hill communities. Temporary curb extensions were installed at 1 Street and 24 Avenue N.E. to improve the pedestrian crossing experience and reduce east-west vehicle volumes through the intersection.
Looking south (left) along the 2 Street N.W. multi-use pathway toward 9 Avenue and north (right) towards 11 Avenue.
Traffic calming goals and locations were identified through community engagement sessions for:
- Green Line identified walkability and connectivity as a community value and concerns about traffic in the area.
- Main Streets identified a desire to see reduced vehicle volumes and speeds along residential streets parallel to Centre Street N and to provide safe and comfortable walking and cycling routes.
- North Hill Communities Local Growth Planning project – engaged representatives from local communities, community associations, business owners and industry representatives. Mobility and public realm improvements were identified and captured in Appendix A of the proposed North Hill Communities Local Area Plan.
A draft plan of the Neighbourhood Streets project was shared with the community at public open houses in fall 2019. Through the North Hill Communities Local Growth Planning project, the Neighbourhood Streets Program worked to understand the opinions and concerns of people living, visiting and travelling through the North Hill area, including the communities of: Highland Park, Mount Pleasant, Tuxedo Park, Winston Heights-Mountview, Crescent Heights, Renfrew, Rosedale, Capitol Hill, Thorncliffe Greenview (south of McKnight Blvd).
Addressing what we heard
The following summarizes the range of input we received, grouping feedback into themes, and how the project team is addressing the feedback into the design of the permanent measures:
Feedback theme: reduced traffic volumes and speeds and increase sense of safety for cycling (for children) within the neighbourhood
We are making the diagonal diverters at 1 Street x 34 Avenue N.E. and 2 Street x 22 Avenue N.W. permanent. The new diverter has a large island that extends out into the intersection, which makes pedestrians and cyclists more visible to vehicles approaching. This will also reduce pedestrian crossing distance.
Feedback theme: increased vehicle volumes and speeds along parallel routes such as 21 Avenue, 23 Avenues and alleyways
We are installing additional traffic calming measures such as speed humps along parallel routes like 21 Avenue and 23 Avenue N.W.
Feedback theme: barriers placement did not prevent some motorists from making illegal turns using the sidewalk and boulevard
Landscaping boulders were installed in the boulevard at 1 Street and 22 Avenue to prevent illegal turns. Landscaping boulders and metal posts are features in the permanent design to discourage illegal turns.
Feedback theme: diverters are blocking access to local destinations for residents, particularly along 1 Street at 18 Avenue and 22 Avenue N.E.
While there is not a lot of local residential street network in Tuxedo east of Centre Street, the project team realized this means many vehicle trips must re-route onto busier streets like Edmonton Trail or Centre Street.
West of Centre Street and north of Tuxedo Park has additional parallel routes like 1 Street N.W. and 2 Street N.E. that can accommodate re-routing local trips. Due to budget limitations, the project team cannot explore additional traffic calming measures at this time along 1 Street N.E. in the community of Tuxedo. As a result, the diagonal diverters at 1 Street and 18 Avenue N.E. and 1 Street and 22 Avenue N.E will be removed.
We worked closely with our Roads maintenance experts to develop a design that allows for improved snow clearing access.
Feedback theme: advanced warning signage would help to notify those traveling east-west that there is no through access
We are investigating advance warning signage on the approaches to the diagonal diverters.
During focused discussions about the new pathway along 2 Street between 9 Avenue and 11 Avenue N.W., concerns about pedestrian safety were raised in front of the Crescent Heights High School front entrance. Working with The City’s Active and Safe Routes to School program, the project team is installing new traffic calming curbs at 1 Street and 10 Avenue N.W., to reduce speeds in front of the high school, improve pedestrian visibility, and reduce pedestrian crossing distance.
Feedback theme: concerns about east-west volumes and speeds along corridors like 12 Avenue and 24 Avenue
The North Central Mobility Study has found that the current traffic calming along 12 Avenue is adequate. 24 Avenue through Tuxedo Park is a wide collector roadway and currently does not have any traffic calming measures east of Centre Street. The project team designed and installed temporary curb extensions at the intersection of 24 Avenue and 1 Street N.E. in 2021.
Concerns about vehicle speeding along 9 Avenue, 11 Avenue and 1 Street NW in Crescent Heights and pedestrian safety in front of the Crescent Heights High School
Speed studies were carried out in the fall of 2021 to understand traffic speeds along these corridors. Studies found that most vehicles (85th Percentile) are traveling at or below the posted speed limit. Traffic studies can be found on The City’s Traffic Counts site.
In response to Crescent Heights High School pedestrian safety concerns, the project team is working with the Active and Safe Routes to School Program, Crescent Heights High School, and Crescent Heights Community Association on designs to install pilot curb extensions at the intersection of 1 Street and 10 Avenue N.W to improve pedestrian visibility, safety, and comfort. These curb extensions should also realize some speed reduction measures, especially through the intersection.
- Fall 2020
Installation of traffic calming measures using temporary materials
- Winter 2020
Public engagement on temporary traffic calming measures and Balmoral Circus Park
- Summer 2021
Construction of 2 Street multi-use pathway between 9 Avenue and 11 Avenue N.W. and temporary curb extensions at intersection of 1 Street and 24 Avenue N.W.
- Spring 2022
Final design for Balmoral Circus Park and traffic calming and draft designs for diagonal diverters and traffic calming in front of Crescent Heights High School
- Summer 2022
Final designs of diagonal diverters and traffic calming in front of Crescent Heights High School and construction for Balmoral Circus Park.
- Fall 2022 – Spring 2023
Construction of permanent diagonal diverters and traffic calming in front of Crescent Heights High School by the end of 2022.