City of Calgary and Alberta Transportation launch Deerfoot Trail Study
May 31, 2016 – Calgary, AB The City of Calgary (The City) and Alberta Transportation (AT) are working together to study Deerfoot Trail, between the Stoney Trail interchanges in the north and south.
The study area is 37.5 km long, and includes 20 interchanges. Approximately 44 communities border the study area.
“Deerfoot Trail is one of Calgary’s only roads that continuously connects from north to south. It is a critical route for getting goods in and out of our city, and every day up to 170,000 trips are made on the road,” says Mac Logan, General Manager of Transportation for The City. “The majority of the road was built between 1971 and 1982. The city’s population has doubled since then and the road is no longer meeting current demands.”
The study will look at freeway management strategies, including several new to Calgary, to develop safety and reliability improvement recommendations. The study will also focus on maximizing the existing infrastructure to be as cost-effective as possible.
Short-term recommendations will be made in early 2017 so they can be considered for funding in the next three – five years. The study will also recommend a long-term improvement plan in 2018 to manage growth over the next 30 years.
Public engagement for this first phase will run until June 30. Input from this phase will be used to help confirm the problems we are trying to solve, and understand how and where people use the road. Visit calgary.ca/deerfoot to provide input online, or attend one of six open houses:
- June 14, 2016 at WillowRidge Community Association (680 Acadia Dr. S.E.) from 5 - 8 p.m.
- June 15, 2016 at St. Jerome Elementary School (11616 Panorama Hills Blvd. N.W.) from 5 - 8 p.m.
- June 16, 2016 at Dover Community Association (3133 30 Ave. S.E.) from 5 - 8 p.m.
- June 20, 2016 at Sheraton Cavalier Hotel (2620 32 Ave. N.E.) from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
- June 20, 2016 at Douglasdale Elementary School (400 Douglas Park Blvd. S.E.) from 5 - 8 p.m.
- June 28, 2016 at Thorncliffe Greenview Community Association (5600 Centre St. N.) from 5 - 8 p.m.