Traffic improvement projects
Calgary is growing both in population and in infrastructure, and with this growth comes impacts to traffic on our roadways. To address this issue, The City has developed the Traffic Operational Improvements program (TOI).
The program evaluates various intersections across Calgary that require operational improvements for a variety of reasons like traffic congestion and safety issues. Once an intersection meets the necessary criteria of the TOI program, a temporary traffic pilot or, in some cases, permanent traffic measures will be proposed for installation. Traffic pilot and/or permanent traffic measures could include:
- Changes to signal timings
- Temporary roadway restrictions
- Additional permanent turning lanes
Traffic improvement projects
Implementation of the dual left is expected to begin with the removal of some barriers on northbound Crowchild Tr. Signage and road marking changes will follow, along with new signal operational improvements. A northbound left turn arrow will be installed at the westbound off ramp signalized intersection. Both signals will be re-timed and signal timing coordination will be reviewed and improved. Currently we only provide a single eastbound left turn movement and that is resulting in significant congestion that at times results in traffic spilling back on to Glenmore Tr.
A dual eastbound left-turn is being installed at this intersection in 2021. This movement will enhance the egress out of the Auburn Bay community on to 52 Street. The dual lefts will also address the left-turn congestion issues and enhance safety for left-turning traffic.
A dual westbound left-turn will be implemented at the intersection of 6 Street and 162 Avenue S.W. in 2021. This dual westbound left-turn will provide additional capacity for traffic traveling to Silverado and communities to the south. It will also help decrease traffic congestion that has been caused by removing the access to Sherriff King Street from Highway 22X.
A dual westbound left-turn will be implemented at the intersection of 6 Street and Shawville Gate S.W. in 2021. This dual westbound left-turn will provide additional capacity for traffic traveling to Silverado and communities to the south. It will also help decrease traffic congestion that has been caused by removing the access to Sherriff King Street from Highway 22X.
A dual left-turn from southbound 84 Street to eastbound 17 Avenue S.E. will be installed in 2021. This change will help reduce congestion leaving the Easthills shopping complex.
To enhance pedestrian safety and minimize congestion for drivers, changes will be made at these two intersections along Barlow Trail N.E. in 2021.
The changes at Barlow Trail and 7 Avenue N.E. include removing the left-turn from westbound 7 Avenue N.E. onto Barlow Trail and adding a channelized right-turn and merge lane onto northbound Barlow Trail from westbound 7 Avenue.
At Barlow Trail and 4 Avenue N.E., Traffic crews will be installing a westbound signal structure to facilitate westbound left and right turns. This will reroute the westbound left-turning traffic from 7 Avenue to 4 Avenue.
The crosswalk at the intersection of Barlow Trail and 4 Avenue N.E. will then be relocated to the north-side of the intersection. This will protect pedestrians from left-turning vehicles and better align with a new multi-use pathway on Meridian Road.
With the proposed operational improvements, it is expected that vehicle delay on Barlow Trail and the area network will decrease by a significant amount.
In 2021, The City will be widening the existing merge lane from southbound Crowchild Trail to eastbound Bow Trail. This change will enhance safety and efficiency for drivers merging as they will have a wider lane width and more time to successfully merge into Bow Trail traffic.
The City launched a new parking pilot in December 2020. This is to provide businesses along the corridor with additional customer parking and address concerns that the sidewalks on Edmonton Trail do not provide enough buffer from traffc.
A triple right-turn was implemented at the intersection of Macleod Trail and 5 Avenue in 2019. At the time, a temporary curb extension was installed to facilitate the trial.
A decision has now been made to keep the triple right-turn permanently and to construct a permanent curb extension on the N.E. corner of the intersection in 2021. This work will enhance pedestrian safety and comfort.
A dual eastbound left-turn will be installed at this intersection in 2021. The dual eastbound left-turn movement will enhance access into the Auburn Bay community, address the left-turn congestion issues and enhance safety for left-turning traffic.
A left-turn lane from northbound Westhills Way to westbound Richmond Road S.W. will be constructed in 2021. Providing a northbound left-turn lane at this intersection will help reduce congestion on Westhills Way and help facilitate traffic trying to access the Westhills shopping centre.