McKnight Boulevard Transportation Study


Transportation Planning is conducting a study for McKnight Boulevard from Deerfoot Trail to Stoney Trail (see map of study area). Since November 2013, the project team has worked collaboratively with citizens to identify opportunities for traffic optimization, and to determine the feasibility of adding High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes in the study area.

Study update

  • The public engagement process for the study is now complete.
  • HOV lanes are not recommended based on public input and technical considerations.
  • Considering input from the public and the Advisory Group, the project team is finalizing the study recommendations, and has identified the need to review the 12 Street N.E. interchange design previously approved in 1977.
  • Study recommendations and how public input was used throughout the study is available below.

Online Information Session: Study Recommendations

Traditionally, study recommendations are shared with the public at a venue-based event. The project team is piloting an online-only information session format to determine if it will still meet stakeholder/public needs. There are three-ways for you to participate online:

  1. Review the slideshow below. It presents the study’s purpose and process, public engagement process and input gathered, and study recommendations.
  2. Email if you have any questions about the information presented. The project team will answer questions until February 9, 2015. Responses will be posted on this web page every few days for information.
  3. Participate in one of two Live Chat sessions on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. A link to the Live Chat will be provided on Feb. 4.

Provide your feedback – This is the first time Transportation Planning has used an online-only format for this type of project. What do you think? Complete this survey to tell us.

Public Engagement: Collaborating with Stakeholders

In addition to public open houses, the project team worked collaboratively with an Advisory Group throughout the study process. Twenty people volunteered to be on the Advisory Group to represent perspectives from those who live in adjacent communities, businesses and road users (including motorists, cyclists and pedestrians). Review the slides above for more information about the public engagement process.

Next steps

The project team is currently reviewing the approved plans for the 12 Street N.E. interchange to confirm that the interchange design is still relevant based on the outcomes of the McKnight Boulevard Transportation Study. Following this review, the project team will prepare a report to City Council on the study’s recommendations.

McKnight Boulevard Widening Project

Throughout the McKnight Boulevard Transportation Study, the project team has informed study participants of the widening project expected in 2015. The study presented design options that are consistent with the widening project to ensure the road design is optimized as much as possible to meet the current and future needs of this important transportation corridor. The McKnight Boulevard Widening project will begin construction in 2015.

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