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City may fast-track five Crowchild Trail traffic changes

Minor adjustments could lead to major improvements, says councillor

Changes may soon be coming to this intersection of Crowchild Trail and Kensington. The city is considering limits on left hand turns during peak traffic hours.

Jennifer Friesen / Metro

Changes may soon be coming to this intersection of Crowchild Trail and Kensington. The city is considering limits on left hand turns during peak traffic hours.

As the city of Calgary pushes on with its public engagement on Crowchild Trail improvements, it’s ready to roll out some early changes to get traffic moving faster.

Five recommendations that target traffic problems in the northwest are being brought forward before the consultation is complete because they aren’t contentious and will provide immediate benefit, according to a report from administration.

If approved by council, drivers could see a left-turn restriction at peak traffic hours from northbound Crowchild Trail to westbound Kensington Road as early as this fall.

A similar peak-hours left-turn restriction could also be brought in for northbound Crowchild to westbound 24 Avenue NW as early as fall of 2017.

The first could bring a 60 per cent reduction in traffic delays at both rush hours, while the second could bring a 90 per cent reduction in traffic delays in the morning rush.
 
Coun. Shane Keating, chair of the city’s Transportation and Transit Committee, said that’s a significant improvement that will provide noticeable results for drivers on the route.

“The optimizations are not overly cheap, but they do amazing things in this short term,” said Keating.

One of the more expensive improvements is adding a ramp from 16 Avenue NW to Crowchild Trail northbound.

But the recommendations aren’t just for drivers. Some of the changes are aimed at improving things for pedestrians, such as a crossing of Parkdale Boulevard at Kensington Road.

This would help walkers and cyclists get to the Bow River pathway system and could be completed by the end of 2017.

Funding for the proposed changes has yet to be secured.

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