Edmonton considers plan for trail
Concept plan prepared, construction won't start anytime soon
Wednesday, Apr 02, 2014 06:00 am
A concept plan for the future of Mark Messier Trail includes changes to north and south turns from 137 Avenue.
The City of Edmonton has released its recommended concept plan for the road, one many local commuters take every day.
The concept plan comes after public consultation was conducted in late 2013. Three different options were examined at an open house, and after getting feedback and evaluating the technical issues, this option has been selected as the most favourable.
“We went through a number of options,” said Erum Afsar, a general supervisor in transportation planning at the City of Edmonton.
“In terms of commuter traffic it shouldn’t impede traffic,” Afsar said.
The study area looked at Mark Messier Trail from 137 Avenue to just past the 156 Street/Campbell Road intersection.
Afsar explained that left turns from 137 Avenue going north or south along the trail would be directed instead to a “jughandle” intersection west of the 137 Avenue and St. Albert/Mark Messier Trail intersection.
“The east and west left turns will remain,” Afsar said.
A service road that runs near City Ford would be removed according to the plan.
“We have direct access off Mark Messier Trail,” she said.
“Basically we’re looking to consolidate access points,” she said of the changes along Mark Messier Trail, which include closing some of the current access points.
The lights at the intersection of the trail with 156 St./Campbell Road will also be modified.
The plan includes a pedestrian and bike path along the west side of the road.
An online fact sheet said the common themes heard during the public consultation included business access, traffic operations along the trail and at the 137 Avenue intersection and a need for pedestrian and cyclist accommodation.
Afsar explained that this is a long-term study and part of getting ready for Edmonton’s continued growth.
“There’s no funding for construction so we’re not anticipating to construct this any time in the near future,” she said.
For more information on the Mark Messier Trail planning study, check online at www.edmonton.ca/transportation/road_projects/mark-messier-trail-study.aspx.