Thursday, November 29, 2012

Roadway improvement projects benefit Calgarians

Intersection of John Laurie Blvd. & Shaganappi Trail N.W. 
Calgary commuters are benefiting from a number of roadway improvements done in 2012.

As part of the 2012 Operational Improvements program, The City worked on four major roadway enhancements to improve traffic flow, address congestion and upgrade some of Calgary’s intersections and roadways.

The projects were:
  • John Laurie Boulevard and Shaganappi Trail N.W.
  • Glenmore Trail between Sarcee Trail and 69 Street S.W.
  • Anderson Road and 24 Street S.W.
  • Anderson Road and Acadia Drive S.E.
“These are localized roadway improvements that result in a large benefit to traffic operations compared to the cost of the project,” said Gordon Stewart, Director of Transportation Infrastructure. “We want to provide the citizens of Calgary with the most improved traffic flow we can by making the best use of the limited budget dollars.”

Significant road improvements to the intersection of John Laurie Boulevard and Shaganappi Trail N.W. are now substantially complete with landscaping, some top-lift paving and final clean-up to be finished in 2013. The $4 million upgrades resulted in the widening of Shaganappi Trail to include three though north and southbound lanes, as well as dedicated dual left turns in each direction onto John Laurie Boulevard.

Prior to the road improvements, the intersection experienced significant morning and afternoon peak period congestion. About 38,000 vehicles travel through the intersection each day along John Laurie Boulevard and another 33,000 vehicles travel along Shaganappi Trail.

The work on Glenmore Trail between Sarcee Trail and 69 Street S.W. involved a range of improvements including widening of the intersection at Glenmore Trail and 69 Street, adding a second eastbound lane on Glenmore Trail through new lane markings, lengthening of the right turn bay lane from eastbound Glenmore Trail at Sarcee Trail and installing additional street lights. The cost of these improvements was $2 million.

The two projects on Anderson Road provided dual left turns for the intersections at 24 Street S.W. and Acadia Drive S.E. The total cost for both was approximately $500, 000.

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