“After the changes were made at this location, I haven’t received new concerns about this location and having used it myself last week after the changes were made, it seems to be flowing a lot better than before,” Coun. Andrew Knack wrote in an email to Urban Affairs. The Stony Plain Road portion of the LRT construction is located in his Nakota Isga Ward.
“Generally, Marigold has been quite quick to respond to concerns, including at this location on SPR/142nd Street. There are LRT working groups set up along the entire route which allows the City and Marigold to have regular conversations with community leagues and other community members about the work that is happening.”
The Oct. 21 reconfiguration has had a positive effect on eastbound traffic in the morning, But, in the westbound afternoon rush, a combination of factors has led to gridlock.
The intersection comes right after two westbound lanes of traffic on 102 Avenue merge with two lanes of traffic on Stony Plain Road. After that merge, all of those lanes of traffic are condensed down to one lane due the construction work.
The long wait times have led to shortcutting through the residential streets of the neighbourhood. Illegal left turn signs are treated as suggestions. The hotbed of illegal activity is between 4 and 6 p.m. Left turns from Ravine Drive onto 142 Street are illegal but, on Wednesday afternoon, a line-up of 12 vehicles waited to make that turn.
Marigold says the intersection will be impacted by construction until the spring of 2023. Ironically, it’s being done to widen Stony Plain Road so it can handle the demands of vehicle drivers and LRT users. The City says that “pedestrian access will be maintained, however detours may be in place.”