Phase five of the Crowchild Trail Study with short, medium and long term proposals to improve traffic flow will be the subject of a couple of open houses on Saturday and Monday.
Work at looking to alleviate some of the bottlenecks on Crowchild Trail began in February of last year and some short term proposals have come up, such as adding a lane each way on the bridges over the Bow River, as well as shifting the location of some of the on ramps and restricting left hand turns at Kensington Road.
City transportation officials believe there’s enough space to add the extra lanes as well as shifting some of the ramps to have at least two lanes of continuous traffic northbound from 17th avenue to 24th avenue and three lanes of continuous traffic from the University Drive ramp southbound.
The plans will go to City Council late this year and with approval, construction can start in the spring with an estimated time of completion of two years.
Long term plans are at least 10 years away and one of the proposals is to have Crowchild trail travel under Kensington Road and 5th avenue north.
The city says the refined plans will impact about 30 properties or businesses, some of which the city requires a sliver of property to do the work and a few where the entire property is required.
Open houses will be held Saturday at Sunalta School from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Monday night from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Red and White club at McMahon Stadium. The proposals can be seen at the City of Calgary website.