Calgary

Lane reversal launches at Memorial Drive and Edmonton Trail

Commuters on Memorial Drive will have to contend with a new lane reversal system at Edmonton Trail and Fourth Street N.E. starting Monday that the city says should trim traffic delays by 30 per cent.

Speed limit drops from 70 to 50 km/h, but delays should be cut by 30%, city says

Changes to Edmonton Trail N.E. at Memorial Drive were aimed at improving safety and cutting traffic delays at peak times, the city says. (Evelyne Asselin/CBC)

Commuters on Memorial Drive will have to contend with a new lane reversal system at Edmonton Trail and Fourth Street N.E. starting Monday that the city says should trim traffic delays by 30 per cent.

From 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. on weekdays — excluding holidays — there will be two left turn lanes from westbound Memorial Drive, allowing drivers to head south onto the Langevin Bridge into the downtown core.

The rest of the time, there will be two left turn lanes from eastbound Memorial Drive, allowing drivers to head north on Edmonton Trail N.E.

The changes also include reducing the speed limit on Memorial Drive through the area from 70 to 50 km/h.

The city produced a YouTube video to explain the project and the changes. 

New two-way separated bike lanes were also installed earlier this fall on Edmonton Trail from Memorial Drive to Second Avenue N.E. as well as the south side of First Avenue from Edmonton Trail to Fourth Street N.E.

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Become a CBC Member

Join the conversation  Create account

Already have an account?

now