Draft Long-Term Recommended Plan: Tight Urban Diamond
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+ Facilitates safer traffic movements along 16 Avenue by adding merge ramps to provide access to/from
+ Shaganappi Trail.
+ Maintains travel times along 16 Avenue by providing continuous traffic flow.
+ Enhances connectivity with cycle tracks on Bowness
+ Road and new pathways along 16 Avenue and Shaganappi Trail.
+ Enhances accessibility for people who walk and bike on Bowness Road by providing a continuous connection under 16 Avenue.
+ Maintains existing transit service on Bowness Road.
+ Encourages people who drive to use 16 Avenue given the additional travel time required to access Bowness Road.
+ Provides opportunity to re-purpose land not being utilized by infrastructure for other uses (to be reviewed in a future study).
– Removes direct access from 16 Avenue to Bowness Road.
– May result in increased traffic on 43 Street from people who drive attempting to access Bowness Road from 16 Avenue.
– Requires intersection crossings for people who walk and bike along the regional pathways on Shaganappi Trail.
– Reduces flexibility for future transit service along 16 Avenue.
– Possible property impacts to properties along Montgomery View.
– Requires four new bridge structures, which are costly to build and maintain.