Changes ahead for McGillivray traffic flow


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There was some great news recently for Whyte Ridge residents wanting to cross McGillivray Boulevard.

Over the past few decades, residential and commercial development has resulted in increased traffic that has made it increasingly difficult to turn left from Brady Road and access the south entrance of FortWhyte Alive.

In addition to the stress and delay of waiting for a break in traffic to cross, the situation has become an increasing safety hazard. In a recent chat, Waverley West city councillor Janice Lukes confirmed that measures are moving forward to deal with this issue, starting next year.

In addition to a new set of traffic lights being installed at the South Landing industrial park (about 1.5 kilometres to the west of Brady Road), a new set of lights is being installed on McGillivray at McCreary Road.

This will also be a boon for those of us regularly returning home from areas to the north and again, trying to turn left against the flow of traffic. The two sets of lights should create enough breaks in traffic to allow more time to exit Brady Road. One of the challenges in getting changes made is that this segment of McGillivray is outside of the city limits, in the R.M. of MacDonald. The province recently confirmed that both sets of lights will be installed next year.

Coun. Lukes also explained that the traffic lights should help move forward the process to get some form of pedestrian crossing installed in the area near Front Street, to help those of us who regularly cross McGillivray at this location to visit the FortWhyte Alive facility. This will also help with exiting Brady Road.

In addition to the pedestrian crossing, the city, province and FortWhyte Alive continue to develop plans for a new interpretive centre at the south end of the property. A recent development here is a plan to include a public transit stop and possible turnaround to allow visitors another option to visit the facility. Hopefully these changes will occur in the next two years.

Sticking with the road theme, it’s good to see that the recent phase of roadwork in Whyte Ridge is winding down. It was a little inconvenient to be squeezed into a single lane on Scurfield Boulevard for the past month or so, but good to see the maintenance on curbs and road, as there have been complaints from residents about the poor quality in some areas.

On her website, Coun. Lukes explains how decisions are made to prioritize and allocate funding to street repairs in the city.


Nick Barnes is a community correspondent for Whyte Ridge.

Nick Barnes

Nick Barnes
Whyte Ridge community correspondent

Nick Barnes is a community correspondent for Whyte Ridge.

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