Memorial Drive lane reversal
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.
In Calgary, we have several lane reversals that help reduce congestion during peak periods.
A lane reversal permits traffic to flow in different directions at different times of the day, and is generally used to provide additional capacity at peak traffic hours.
Overhead displays indicate the direction of travel for a reversible lane. A green arrow identifies a lane as being open, while a red “X” identifies a lane that is closed. When a lane is about to close, the overhead signal display provides an advance warning by displaying a flashing red “X”. Lane reversals are in effect Monday-Friday, excluding holidays (some exceptions apply).
To reduce congestion near construction sites or to test locations for a permanent lane reversal system, manual lane reversals are used. Temporary signs and pylons are used to indicate the correct lane, and are moved at different times of day.
Lane reversals in effect during peak hour traffic
The Bow Trail (9 Ave. S.W.) to 5 Ave. S.W. Morning Connector serves over 500,000 vehicles per year, saving commuters up to 12 minutes each morning.
This lane reversal eases traffic congestion for morning commuters on Bow Trail by providing additional access to 5 Ave. S.W. into the downtown core. Eastbound Bow Trail traffic can use this additional route via Pumphouse Ave. S.W. to 5 Ave. S.W.
Hours of operation: 6 – 9 a.m.
Transitions begin at 5:50 a.m. and 8:50 a.m., and may take up to 10 minutes.
- 5 Avenue S.W. morning connector - west end
- 5 Avenue S.W. morning connector - east end
- 5 Avenue S.W. morning connector - full route
- 5 Avenue S.W. morning connector - photo overlay
This lane reversal provides three westbound lanes on Memorial Drive in the afternoon rush-hour. This system consists of both motorized gates and overhead LED lane control signals. The Memorial Drive lane reversal serves over 440,000 vehicles per year, and saves commuters up to 3 minutes during the evening peak period.
Hours of operation: 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
This 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.
Hours of operation: 3 – 6 p.m. (Monday - Friday) - dual eastbound left turns
This lane reversal has been shown to reduce overall delay on Memorial Drive by about 30%, and increase the capacity of vehicles travelling westbound on Memorial Drive into the downtown core by 400 vehicles per hour. Additionally, it has reduced short cutting of motorists through Bridgeland.
The Centre Street lane reversal provides an extra lane southbound during the morning commute and an extra lane northbound during the evening commute.
Hours of operation:
- 7 – 8:30 a.m., Centre Street southbound
- 3:30 – 6 p.m., Centre Street northbound
Note: Centre Street also includes a HOV lane
The 10 Street lane reversal provides an extra lane southbound during the morning commute and an extra lane northbound during the evening commute.
Hours of operation:
- 6:30 – 8:30 a.m., 10 St. southbound
- 3:30 – 6:30 p.m., 10 St. northbound