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Neighbourhood Streets - North Hill Area

Project update - April 2022

Thank you for the valuable feedback the community and Community Associations provided during the diagonal diverter pilot. The What We Heard report can be found here. Based on the feedback received, some key takeaways are:

  • Volumes and safety: noted reduction in traffic volumes and speeds, and an increased sense of safety for cycling within the neighbourhood
  • Diversion: increased vehicle volumes along parallel routes such as 21 Avenue N.E., 23 Avenue N.E. and alleyways
  • Motorist behaviour: placement of barriers did not prevent some motorists from making illegal turns using the sidewalk and boulevard
  • Local access: diverters are blocking access to local destinations for residents, particularly along 1 Street at 18 Avenue N.E. and 22 Avenue N.E.
  • Maintenance: issues with snow clearing around temporary barriers
  • Signage: advanced warning signage would be helpful to notify those traveling east-west that there is no through access
  • Timing: installation of temporary barriers in late fall does not maximize access or use
  • Communication: more communication about temporary or permanent solutions desired

Find out more about how the project team is addressing this feedback.

In 2022 we will be making the diagonal diverters permanent at 1 Street and 34 Avenue N.E. and 2 Street and 22 Avenue N.W., as resources allow. Construction is anticipated to start in late summer or early fall.

Project Overview

As part of the Neighbourhood Streets Program, the North Hill Area Project implemented 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.

This project includes:

  • Design and installation of pilot traffic calming and traffic diversion measures using temporary materials:
    • Fall 2020 - diagonal diverters at 1 Street and 18 Avenue N.E., 1 Street and 22 Avenue N.E., 1 Street and 34 Avenue N.E. and 2 Street and 22 Avenue N.W.
    • Fall 2021 - curb extensions at 1 Street and 24 Avenue N.E.
    • Fall 2022 - curb extensions at 1 Street and 10 Avenue N.W.
  • Design and installation of missing links such as the multi-use pathway connecting 2 Street N.W. between 9 Avenue and 11 Avenue between the Crescent Heights High School and Crescent Heights Park.

Park expansion at Balmoral Circus, 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, view final designs and more.

Project goals:

  • 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 local 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.

Collect feedback on the park expansion for Balmoral Circus to find an appropriate balance between creating a quiet space for passive recreation adjacent to homes and creating an attractive and meaningful community destination.

Project History:

Fall 2020

In fall 2021, traffic calming measure were installed using temporary materials. View the North Hill traffic calming map here.

  • Diagonal diverter at the following locations:
    • 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 Park Expansion
    • 2 Street and 19 Avenue N.W

Winter 2020

A What We Heard report from this phase of engagement that took place in November to December 2020 can be found here.

Traffic Calming

Following the installation of temporary traffic calming measure in fall 2020, public engagement was held to receive input 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

The project team also asked how residents used the park in the past and how the installation of temporary materials allowed them to use the park differently. Feedback was collected about design considerations for the space, to create an attractive and meaningful community destination.

Fall 2021

In the fall of 2021, a multi-use pathway connection along 2 Street N.W. between 9 Avenue and 11 Avenue was completed. This connection fills a gap in the walking and wheeling network in the North Hill Communities. Temporary curb extensions were also 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.

Previous engagement

Traffic calming goals and locations have been identified through community engagement sessions for:

  • Green Line - Which identified walkability and connectivity as a community value and concerns about traffic in the area.
  • Main Streets – which 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. Desired mobility and public realm improvements in the area 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).

What we are doing

The following summarizes the range of input we received, grouping feedback into thematic areas, and how the project team is addressing the feedback into the design of the permanent measures:

Feedback theme: noted reduction in traffic volumes and speeds and increase sense of safety for cycling (children) within the neighbourhood

What we are doing: the project team is developing detailed designs for making the diagonal diverters at 1 Street x 34 Avenue N.E. and 2 Street x 22 Avenue N.W. permanent

Feedback theme: increased vehicle volumes and speeds along parallel routes such as 21 Avenue, 23 Avenues and alleyways

The project team is exploring additional traffic calming measures such as speed humps along parallel routes like 21 Avenue and 23 Avenue N.W.

Feedback theme: placement of barriers 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. The installation of landscaping boulders may be a feature in the permanent design as well, in addition to metal posts. Landscaping treatments such as strategically placing or maintaining shrubs at key points in the boulevard may also be an option.

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 local vehicle trips have to re-route onto busier streets like Edmonton Trail or Centre Street. West of Centre Street and north of Tuxedo Park also has additional parallel routes like 1 Street N.W. and 2 Street N.E. that can accommodate the re-routing of 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. 

Feedback theme: issues with snow clearing around temporary barriers

The project team is working closely with the 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

The project team is investigating the placement of advance warning signage on the approaches to the diagonal diverters.

Feedback theme: more communication about temporary or permanent solutions desired

The project team is working to ensure updates on the project are communicated with the community. Since the pilot project was installed the project team has had several focused meetings with the Ward 7 Office and the Mount Pleasant, Tuxedo Park, and Greenview Community Associations, as well as the Greenview Business Improvement Area (BIA).

Feedback theme: concerns about pedestrian safety in front of Crescent Heights High School

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 looking at temporary curb extensions 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.

The project team was also made aware of pedestrian involved collisions in front of the Crescent Heights High School at the intersection of 1 Street and 10 Avenue N.W. In response to 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. 

Project timeline:

  • 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.
  • Q4 2022
    Construction of permanent diagonal diverters and traffic calming in front of Crescent Heights High School by the end of Q4 2022. 

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