Project Update - June 2023
Engagement for the Explore Phase is now complete. You can view the report here.
Thank you for your time and input, we look forward to keeping in touch as the project continues to progress and we move into our next phase of the project.
The City is conducting a functional planning study for the extension of Memorial Drive. The roadway extension will provide an important link from the existing communities of Abbeydale and Applewood Park to the east city limits at 116 Street E (at the boundary with Chestermere). The roadway extension is part of The City’s plan to establish better connectivity between communities and businesses on both sides of Stoney Trail.
The roadway extension will include a new crossing of the CN rail line and an east-west overpass across Stoney Trail (without on-or-off-ramps from Stoney Trail).
All options also include connections to the Rotary Mattamy Greenway to enhance active mode connectivity for those walking and wheeling.
In this phase of
engagement, we are
exploring the CN rail
crossing type that would
best achieve the goals of
the project and needs of
the community. A preferred concept will be further refined and presented in Phase 3: Reveal.
Phase 1 - Discover public engagement
During the first phase of engagement, The City asked people who walk, wheel, drive and take transit in the study area to:
- Provide feedback on the project priorities
- Share their ideas, issues, or concerns about the study area
Below is a summary of what we heard from the community and how it was considered when developing the three options for this project:
|Community feedback||How feedback was considered in the development of the options|
|An accessible and safe roadway for users of all abilities||The extension of Memorial Drive includes separate facilities for walking, wheeling, driving (including transit)|
|Maximized traffic flow to avoid congestion along the roadway||The extension of Memorial Drive will include two lanes in each direction and separate left and right turn lanes at major intersections where traffic volumes are expected to be higher.|
|Safe crossings at the CN rail tracks, over Stoney Trail, the Rotary Mattamy Greenway and across Memorial Drive for all users||All options have been designed to incorporate a safe crossing option, whether over, under or at grade, at the CN rail tracks.|
|Separated walking and wheeling facilities to increase user safety and avoid conflicts between different uses||Separated wheeling and walking paths are included along the full extension of Memorial Drive.|
|An aesthetically pleasing roadway area, adjacent sidewalks, and local pathways||The urban boulevard design, incorporates landscaping in the boulevards and the median such as trees and greenery.|
|The potential for increased traffic, noise, and pollution from the roadway extension||The degree of these impacts varies between design options. Feedback about these issues is encouraged during the current Phase 2 engagement. Once a preferred concept is selected in Phase 3: Reveal, The City will begin detailed design work to explore specifics like noise mitigation options, crossing features and landscaping elements for the recommended plan.|
How decisions are made
It is important to note that your input, along with the input of other citizens and interested parties like you, helps The City better understand the perspectives, opinions, and concerns of people affected by City decisions. Public input is collected, where appropriate, and considered along with other factors (like cost, environmental impact, technical limitations and long-range plans/goals) before decisions are made.
During the first round of engagement for the project, the public shared the desire for integrating Stoney Trail access to and from the new Memorial Drive extension.
The City conducted a series of traffic and technical studies to support the development of options for the roadway extension. This included exploring what would be required if creating an access to and from Stoney Trail was an option.
Through the review process, The City learned:
- Alberta Transportation and Economic Corridors (ATEC) did not select this location as an approved access point when Stoney Trail was originally built.
- Upon review, The City has confirmed that access ramps for Memorial Drive to Stoney Trail cannot fit without impacting the nearby 16 Avenue NE and 17 Avenue SE interchanges and reconfiguring this infrastructure would be very costly.
- Based on the analysis conducted by The City, if a connection to Stoney Trail was created, residential neighborhoods west of Stoney Trail would see an increase in through-traffic and noise on Memorial Drive.
These are the key reasons why access to and from Stoney Trail and the Memorial Drive extension will not be part of the plan.
Urban Boulevard Roadway Design
The extension of Memorial Drive will be designed as an Urban Boulevard so that the street is livable, functional and accessible for all users.
Urban Boulevards are a desirable design for traffic corridors like Memorial Drive because they are designed to:
- Provide separate spaces for all modes of travel (including walking, wheeling, and driving)
- Reduce traffic speeds
- Improve driving, pedestrian, and wheeling safety
- Better integrate with surrounding communities by designing the roadway to allow for roadway facing housing and residential landscaping features
These images show some examples of the features in an Urban Boulevard. The final design of Memorial Drive may differ in some ways but will incorporate many of these elements as well as additional features that fit specifically with the local context.
Concept design east of 84 Street E
Through technical analysis of the area, including new and future developments and engagement with key interested parties, The City has developed an Urban Boulevard concept east of 84 Street E. This design will tie into the final option selected for the west segment of this project.
The Urban Boulevard cross-section is designed to integrate with adjacent residential development
The key features of the Urban Boulevard concept include:
- Sidewalks and pathways along both sides of the roadway provide separated spaces for walking and wheeling that accommodate all ages and abilities.
- Four traffic lanes are separated by a median and space is provided for on-street parking in both directions.
- Narrower lane widths and adjacent landscaping encourage slower travel speeds while still accommodating efficient movement of transit and emergency vehicles.
- Landscaping in the boulevards and the median will include trees and greenery along the corridor.
- Public spaces along the roadway will provide opportunities for enhanced community streetscaping.
East of 84 Street E, Memorial Drive will interface with several new communities. At intersections, the urban boulevard concept provides space for all modes of travel.
Major intersections at 84 Street E, 100 Street E and 116 Street E provide access to other areas of the City.
Minor intersections provide access to and from new communities.
Options west of 84 Street E
Through technical analysis of the area, including new and future developments and consultation with key interested parties The City has developed three design options for the west segment of the study area.
All options include an overpass across the Rotary Mattamy-Greenway and Stoney Trail. The key difference between options is whether Memorial Drive will cross the CN rail tracks with an overpass, an underpass or at-grade. These options have been formed based on our technical estimates that approximately 35,000 vehicles will use this infrastructure daily once the Belvedere ASP is fully built out. The community’s feedback about the crossing options will help us decide which one to take forward and explore further.
PROVIDE YOUR INPUT
Option 1- CN Rail Overpass
Option 1 enhances safety and mobility along the corridor with an overpass at the CN tracks and overpasses across the Rotary Mattamy Greenway and Stoney Trail.
Key features, benefits, and challenges of the overpass option are noted next to each option view.
Option 2 - CN Rail Underpass
Option 2 enhances safety and mobility along the corridor with an underpass at the CN tracks and overpasses across the Rotary Mattamy Greenway and Stoney Trail.
Key features, benefits, and challenges of the underpass option are noted next to each option view.
Option 3 - CN Rail At-grade
Option 3 enhances safety and mobility along the corridor with a controlled at-grade railway crossing (with crossing lights, bells and arms) and overpasses across the Rotary Mattamy Greenway and Stoney Trail.
CN does not currently support a new at-grade rail crossing at this location. However, The City could continue to work collaboratively with CN to advance this option if it is found to be advantageous compared to the other options.
Key features, benefits, and challenges of the at-grade option are noted next to each option view.
Once the Phase 2 public engagement process is complete, The City will review feedback from interested parties and public feedback and use it to evaluate the options and select a preferred plan.
The City will then advance design of the preferred plan and explore specifics like noise mitigation options, crossing features and landscaping concepts.
A recommended plan will be presented to the public in Phase 3 - Reveal to allow community members to learn more about the recommendations and provide feedback to help the project team refine the final plan for approval.
It is important to note that this project did not receive any construction funding in The City’s recent 2023-2026 Service Plans and Budgets. City Administration will continue to monitor the growth and development intensity of the Belvedere ASP and recommend infrastructure improvements and required servicing support needed in future budget cycles.