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Memorial Drive at Edmonton Trail Improvements

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Project update

On Sept. 10, 2019 at 6 p.m., a permanent, automated lane reversal system went into effect on Memorial Drive between 4 Street and Edmonton Trail N.E

The lane reversal system provides dual westbound left-turns into the downtown core all times of day, except for Monday to Friday between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., when dual eastbound left-turns are provided to Edmonton Trail. Motorists are advised to use caution in the area and pay close attention to all traffic control devices.

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Memorial Drive lane reversal

A permanent, automated lane reversal system is now in effect on Memorial Drive between 4 Street and Edmonton Trail N.E.  The lane reversal system provides dual westbound left-turns into the downtown core all times of day except for Monday to Friday between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., when dual eastbound left-turns are provided to Edmonton Trail.

This new automated system consists of overhead lane control signals, vehicle gates and signing to advise motorists which left turn lanes are open in each direction on Memorial Drive.

Temporary traffic control devices including additional signage and cones will be in place until September 30, after which time the lane reversal will be fully automated with just the signal displays

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

Gates will open and close on either side of the lane reversal to provide the dual turn in one direction and close off the reversible lane in the other direction. Motorists are also cautioned to watch for gates that are closed/closing.

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 setup in December 2016, and became a permanent signalized lane reversal in September 2019.
  • The lane reversal will improve overall delay on Memorial Drive by about 30%.
  • 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.

 

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Related documents

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

 

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