Thursday, August 1, 2013

City of Calgary thanks Calgarians for their feedback on Lake Fraser Gate traffic pilot


The City of Calgary would like to thank Calgarians for providing feedback during the Lake Fraser Gate traffic pilot. The pilot was launched last November at the intersection of Lake Fraser Gate and Macleod Trail S.E. which currently includes these signal restrictions:

  • Restriction of the left turn from westbound Lake Fraser Gate to southbound Macleod Trail during the a.m. rush hour (6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.).
  • Restriction of the left turn from southbound Macleod Trail to eastbound Lake Fraser Gate during the a.m. rush hour (6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.).

During the pilot’s implementation approximately 2,300 public responses were gathered. Of those responses approximately 2,000 were in favour of the changes implemented for the pilot. Other data collected during the traffic pilot highlighted that an average of 110 seconds of travel time was saved for motorists traveling northbound along Macleod Trail between Canyon Meadows Drive and Southland Drive S.E. This saved travel time also equates to a reduction of green house gas emissions of approximately 15.6 tonnes per year.

The traffic pilot was approved by Council in early July and will now become a permanent feature at the intersection of Lake Fraser Gate and Macleod Trail. The permanent installation of this traffic pilot will include three drop down gate arms at the signal on Lake Fraser Gate S.E. at Macleod Trail as well as some additional signage for driver awareness.

The Lake Fraser Gate traffic pilot is part of The City’s Traffic Congestion Reduction program (TCR), a program developed to examine intersections across Calgary and find innovative solutions to decrease traffic delays. Future TCR projects include the 24 Avenue and Crowchild Trail N.W. traffic pilot, to be launched August 19.  

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