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Beddington Heights traffic calming project

Project update - July 2020

Although road construction is always weather-dependent, we anticipate starting construction in August 2020.

Construction plans

  • Installing a total of 12 traffic calming curb extensions at six locations along Berkley Drive N.W., Berwick Drive N.W. and Hunterview Drive N.W.
  • Upgrading crosswalk markings and signage where warranted.
  • Adding new and upgraded wheelchair ramps as required.
  • Upgrading two existing bus stops on Berkley Drive N.W. (at Bermondsey Rise and at Berwick Rise) to full size concrete bus pads.
  • Install one catch basin (at Berkley Drive and Berkley Close N.W.)
  • Improving pathway network connectivity at Berkley Drive N.W., between Bermondsey Road N.W. and Hunterview Drive N.W.

What to expect during construction

  • The City will temporarily close one vehicle travel lane during construction. 
  • A partial intersection closure will be needed when the underground catch basin is being installed at Berkley Drive and Berkley Close N.W.
  • Local traffic will still be able to move through the area during construction.

Check this page for updates once the construction is underway.

 

About the project

In recent years, there have been ongoing concerns about vehicle speeds along Berkley Drive N.W. The City of Calgary subsequently designed a community traffic calming pilot project that included the installation of temporary traffic calming curbs in the community. 12 traffic calming curbs at six locations will now be made permanent in 2020.

The Beddington Heights traffic calming measures reduce vehicle speeds in the community. The traffic calming curb extensions help increase pedestrian visibility and safety by shortening crossing distances.

After the permanent curb extensions are installed, anticipated benefits to the Beddington Heights community include:

  • Safer for pedestrians crossing intersections in the community.
  • Making sharing the road among people biking, walking and driving a safer and more predictable experience.
  • Reduced speeds of vehicles in the community.

Frequently asked questions

What do curb extensions do?

Curb extensions reduce pedestrian crossing distances while improving visibility for both pedestrians and motorists at intersections. This increases the likelihood drivers will stop for someone waiting to walk across the road.

Curb extensions are used in locations where pedestrians are less visible to drivers when waiting on a sidewalk to cross the road. 

The corner radius of an intersection is increased by a curb extension, so that drivers must slow down to make a right turn. The extensions also prevent drivers from using a parking lane for passing and to alert them to changing road conditions.

Why is The City narrowing the road?

Wider roads, such as Berkley Drive N.W., encourages drivers to travel at speeds faster than the posted speed limit. When drivers travel at higher speeds, it reduces the safety of people walking and cycling and driving in the area.

Curb extensions help encourage drivers to travel at or below the posted speed limit, especially when turning right through an intersection. The curb extensions also allow pedestrians crossing the street to be more visible to drivers as they approach the crossing.

Why can't speed bumps or speed humps be installed on Berkley Drive to encourage drivers to reduce their speed?

Speed bumps or speed humps can only be installed on a road that does not have buses or emergency vehicles travelling regularly on the street. Berkley Drive N.W. is a destination route for both emergency vehicles and transit. Therefore, speed humps or speeds bumps cannot be installed on this road to encourage drivers to slow down.

For more information on what traffic calming devices can be installed on certain streets in Calgary, visit Section 4.1 of The Traffic Calming Policy.

About construction during the COVID-19 pandemic

Is construction still proceeding during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The Province of Alberta has said construction projects and services required to ensure safe and reliable operations of critical provincial and municipal infrastructure is still considered an essential service. As such, The City will be proceeding with a number of transportation infrastructure projects as planned.

Safety continues to be our top priority. Throughout construction, we will be monitoring the COVID-19 situation to ensure City contractors are adequately protecting those working on active construction sites and ensuring safety plans are aligned with Alberta Health Services. Every effort will be taken to minimize disruption to residents and businesses during construction

What are City contractors doing to ensure construction sites are safe for workers during COVID-19 pandemic?

City contractors who are working on construction projects are being asked to update their safety plans and guidelines to align with recommendations from the Province of Alberta and Alberta Health Services. Individuals companies may have their own safety requirements that go beyond what has been recommended from Alberta Health Services.

All contractors at all construction sites must have a health & safety plan that is being implemented that meets occupational health & safety guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic, mandatory considerations for physical distancing and PPE.

How do the construction workers practice physical/social distancing (ensuring six feet apart) to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

Construction sites are currently exempt from restrictions put into place by the Province of Alberta and are able to have more than 15 workers on a work site as long as they are following all public health guidelines, including physical distancing measures.

Employers must

  • self-assess and find alternate ways to organize large group meetings
  • cancel workplace gatherings of 15 or more people in a single space (such as training events)
  • employ mitigation strategies to limit risk
  • continue business continuity planning to prepare critical operations for any potential interruption

Source - Government Alberta exemptions to gatherings and physical distance

In instances where work is required that doesn’t able to allow for workers to maintain physical distances, workers may work at a distance closer than 2 metres. However, risk mitigation strategies to prevent the spread of COVID-19 must be implemented and followed.

Source - Alberta Government- WorkPlace Guidance for Business Owners

Will I see anything different at a construction site during COVID-19, i.e. workers wearing masks?

The City uses different companies to perform construction activities, all contractors at all construction sites must have a health & safety plan that is being implemented that meets occupational health & safety guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

When passing different construction sites, you may see slight differences in how construction crews operate.

Will construction work still be completed on time during COVID-19 or can I expect delays?

Every effort is being made by The City to maintain construction milestones and schedules. Any change to the construction schedule will be communicated to adjacent residents, businesses and other stakeholders.

Questions about traffic calming?

Contact 311 and the Community Traffic team will respond to your questions.