MRCA

8th Street and Royal Ave SW Pilot Project

April 19, 2017   File:      Our file: AD-015 Dear Homeowner/Resident:

 

RE: Royal Avenue and 8 Street S.W. Pilot Project

 Please join us at a Mount Royal Community Association board meeting to learn more about the intersection retrofit pilot that we are working on with your community association. 

 

Date: Monday, May 1 Time: 6:30 PM Location: Mount Royal Station – 2317 10 St SW, Calgary

Why we are doing this? 

As part of the Pedestrian Strategy, The City of Calgary (“The City”) is piloting ways to improve walking in neighbourhoods.  The intersection at Royal Avenue and 8 Street S.W. has been identified by nearby communities as a difficult location for pedestrians and drivers.  The City has identified several design concerns at this location that can only be addressed through reconfiguring the intersection.

 

Using temporary traffic calming curbs, we will reconfigure the intersection at Royal Avenue and 8 Street S.W. to make it safer for pedestrians who travel through the area.  Simultaneously, the pilot design will have the benefit of making the intersection easier for all other vehicles moving through it. 

 This pilot will last from late spring until late September 2017.  Feedback will be gathered throughout the pilot. At the end of the pilot, the traffic calming curbs will be removed and community feedback will be used to review the design and make changes prior to construction of a future permanent solution. 

 Throughout the pilot you will see changes to the asphalt space between the existing sidewalk curbs and the traffic calming curbs, as we take the opportunity to understand how the community would like to use this new space. We welcome your feedback on how you would like to utilize the space created by the reconfiguration of the intersection. 

Design information

 Traffic calming curbs will narrow the crossing distances for pedestrians and straighten the driving lanes.  There will be new public space on the north east, south east and south west corners of the intersection. The design will result in a loss of on-street parking on the north east corner of the intersection, but will not impact access to any properties. 

Next steps

The traffic calming curbs will be installed in late May. This work will take approximately three days.  Throughout the pilot you will be able to provide your feedback on Calgary.ca, by calling 311, or by leaving comments on the sounding board that will be on site.  

If you have any questions or require additional information about the project please contact me via email at Stephen.Oliver@calgary.ca.

Sincerely, 

Stephen Oliver, CD, MA, RPP, MCIP Transportation Planner  The City of Calgary