Ward 9 Great Neighbourhoods Calgary – Gian-Carlo Carra

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Improving the Worst Intersection in Calgary

Based on the evaluation of the concepts, it is recommended that only concepts A and B2 move forward for further consideration after more is known about future development within the study area and the floodway policies have been updated.

 Many Calgarians have told us that the intersection of Macleod Trail and 25 Avenue S is the worst in Calgary. (Image source: Google Maps)

Many Calgarians have told us that the intersection of Macleod Trail and 25 Avenue S is the worst in Calgary. (Image source: Google Maps)

By City of Calgary (Published April 4, 2018) 

The City of Calgary conducted a functional planning study to grade separate 25 Avenue S.E. and the Red Line LRT tracks. The Red Line LRT tracks cross over 25 Avenue S.E. at-grade (street level) east of Macleod Trail. As a result, the traffic signals at this intersection are often interrupted by trains travelling to and from the Erlton LRT station. Grade separation of the LRT tracks will eliminate delays to the traffic signals due to the LRT. It will also improve travel through this area for people walking, cycling, driving and taking transit.

The concepts presented in Phase Two: Option Evaluation were refined and evaluated over the past several months. This was done using stakeholder feedback and technical requirements. A summary of the evaluation and concept revisions can be found on Calgary.ca/25avestudy.

 Option A (Image source: City of Calgary)

Option A (Image source: City of Calgary)

Through the evaluation process, short-term improvements that can be implemented through existing City programs were also identified. The recommended short-term improvements include things like:

  • installing a traffic signal with newer technology at Macleod Trail and 25 Avenue S.E.,
  • improving eastbound traffic flow on 25 Avenue S. by re-assigning one traffic lane as a dedicated right-turn lane (eastbound to southbound),
  • building a pathway along the east side of Macleod Trail to connect Reader Rock Garden park with the Elbow River pathway, and
  • reducing the speed limit of Macleod Trail within the study area to 50 km/hr.

If approved, the short-term improvements would be implemented as funding comes available through existing City programs.  

 Option B (Image source: City of Calgary) 

Option B (Image source: City of Calgary) 

The long-term recommendation is to defer selecting a final concept until Provincial and City floodway policy updates have been completed, and more is known about future development within the study area. Currently, our Land Use Bylaw prohibits building development within the floodway, and a large portion of land within the study area that could be developed is currently within the floodway. The updated policies will help us determine the potential impact of future floods on future developments within the study area and the proposed grade separation concepts for 25 Avenue S.E. and LRT tracks.

For years, residents in Ramsay and Erlton, not to mention anybody who has been caught at McLeod Trail S and 25 Avenue S in Calgary during rush hour (especially) have vented their frustrations about this intersection. Well, we have some good news, and some even better news.

Based on the evaluation of the concepts, it is recommended that only concepts A and B2 move forward for further consideration after more is known about future development within the study area and the floodway policies have been updated.

To learn more about the project, or to view Concept A and Concept B2, please visit calgary.ca/25AveStudy.