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8 Ave SE corridor improvements

Project update – April 20, 2021

We anticipate the final piece of construction work for this project to begin the week of April 26, 2021 and be completed by mid-May 2021.

Construction activities will include:

  • Installing all new wheelchair ramps at each corner and traffic calming curb extensions at the southeast and southwest corners of 8 Avenue S.E. and 9 Street S.E.

Please expect the following impacts to people walking, cycling and driving:

  • Construction will require the temporary closure of one vehicle travel lane as well as temporary impacts to parking where construction activity is taking place along 8 Avenue S.E.
  • Some sidewalks maybe be closed during construction, alternative pedestrian accommodation will be provided. On-site signage will be in place to mark potential temporary lane closures for people walking, cycling or driving.
  • Local traffic will still be able to move through the area.

Construction activities are weather dependent, and we will provide updates and information here on this website as construction progresses over the next month.

About the project

The City has been working with the Inglewood Community Association on a plan to improve the 8 Avenue S.E. corridor. These improvements will help to reduce cut-through traffic and vehicle speeding, as well as, improve pedestrian, cyclist and vehicle safety along the corridor.

To develop a corridor improvement plan, The City collected data on people who walk, cycle and drive in the Inglewood community. The City also used technical information and collected feedback from the Inglewood residents and stakeholders. The corridor improvement plan was presented to the community at an event in early March, 2020.

Phil Levson, President, Inglewood Community Association provided positive feedback on the plan to improve the corridor:

Many citizens in Inglewood have expressed an increasing concern about the safety of pedestrians and cyclists using 8 Avenue S.E. We have been able to positively engage in a thoughtful and well executed process and collaboration with City staff over the last year to build a very solid traffic calming plan for citizens who use 8 Avenue S.E.

Construction work completed in 2021

Crews have finished the following work on 8 Avenue S.E.:

  • Installed a traffic calming curb extension and wheelchair ramps on the west side of 8 Street S.E.
  • Installed traffic calming curb extensions and wheelchair ramps along the southeast and southwest corners of 11 Street S.E. and the southeast corner of 14 Street S.E.
  • Installed a traffic circle (see photo below) and a traffic calming curb extension on 13 Street S.E. with new wheelchair ramps.
  • Installed speed humps between 8 Street S.E. and 14 Street S.E.

City crews are working to finish the final piece of work for this project this year.

Project Area

View the map showing the locations where the curb extensions, speed humps and traffic circle will be installed.

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Anticipated benefits to people travelling in the area when this work is completed include:

  • Reduced speeds of vehicles and cut-through traffic in the community
  • Shorter crossing distances for people walking at intersections
  • Helping with sightlines at intersections for all modes of travel
  • Improve walking and cycling connections in the community

Frequently asked questions

Why are these changes being made?

The changes along 8 Avenue S.E. will improve the safety, access and mobility for people who drive, walk and cycle in the Inglewood community. In addition, adding the improvements will help to reduce vehicle speeds and cut through traffic along 8 Avenue S.E.​

Will parking be impacted along 8 Avenue S.E.?

Some on street parking stalls will need to be shifted along the south side of 8 Avenue S.E. where The City is installing traffic calming curb extensions at the intersections.​

Will the construction impact access to businesses?

The City's project team will work directly with any affected business owner to minimize construction impact to their business operation prior to the start of the construction activities.​

What do traffic calming curb extensions do?

Traffic calming curb extensions are typically a reconstruction of the sidewalk at an intersection to extend into the roadway, resulting in a narrower roadway width.

Traffic calming curb extensions reduce pedestrian crossing distances while improving visibility for both people walking, cycling and driving at intersections.




What does a traffic circle do?

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A traffic circle is a small raised island at a residential street intersection. It requires all traffic to drive counter clockwise around a centre island.

The design of a traffic circle slow vehicles to approximately 25 km/h to 30 km/h when driving through the intersection. As a result, the frequency and severity of collisions at an intersection is reduced.




What is a speed hump?

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A speed hump is a paved mound raised approximately 80 mm and is the same width as the street.

It is designed to reduce vehicle speeds to approximately 30 km/h. It is a gentle transition for slower moving vehicles, but is uncomfortable for faster moving vehicles and it is easier for people cycling to pass over than a speed bump.




How do I report a safety concern?

If the safety concern is a medical emergency, call 911. For all other questions or concerns, please call 311.​​

Project timeline

Design

  • Fall 2019 - Spring 2020 - COMPLETE

Construction

  • Hire contractor: Spring 2020 - COMPLETE
  • Project completion: mid-May 2021

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