City to divert traffic from Ave. C to stop shortcutting

From David Hutton at The StarPhoenix

The city is going to make it harder for drivers use Ave. C in Mayfair as a shortcut to the airport area and Circle Drive.

A traffic diverter will be installed at 38th Street and Ave. C North to move motorists to use collector roads such as 36th Street or 38th Street, Ave. I North or Idylwyld Drive.

The traffic calming measures, which the city considers temporary while it is being tested, will effectively block north-south traffic on Ave. C and east-west traffic on 38th Street at the intersection.

Ave. C, a residential street, has more than triple the traffic of adjacent streets on its residential section and more than 10 times the traffic between the commercial area between 39th Street and 40th Street.

Yield signs will also be installed at all uncontrolled intersections in the Mayfair neighbourhood, the city report says. The right of way will rotate between the streets and avenues to further calm traffic.

The city rejected several ideas that were discussed at an open house over summer. Speed humps won’t be installed because a speed study showed that 85 per cent of motorists travel 44 km/h or less. The humps would also delay emergency vehicles and cause discomfort for drivers.

A cul-de-sac located between 39th Street and 41st Street that would restrict all traffic except transit and emergency vehicles would be “too restrictive,” the report says.

“Speed is an issue as is the volume,” said Coun. Darren Hill. “People are using this as a shortcut.”

The plan will be on the agenda Tuesday night at city council.

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