At the drop-in session on Saturday, February 9th, we heard from many people that they wanted to understand the current work approach better. We apologize for not providing you with more details on the extent of the work that will be undertaken using the current approach.
Here’s what we said:
- Work would continue to be done in a similar fashion to what residents have already experienced, but it would be more intense. TransEd will maintain two lanes of vehicle traffic on 95 Avenue going east and westbound, although these lanes will shift as work progresses.
- Pedestrian access east and westbound along 95 Avenue will be maintained at all times, just as it has so far. The path will be primarily on the south but it will shift as work progresses to the north side of the road.
- The work would take twice as long, and it would involve significant overnight work. We are limited with what we can do within the space available during the day. We are able to close lanes overnight, when necessary, to accommodate work and equipment when traffic levels are very light.
- Lanes and intersection closures would vary and shift over the two years due to the nature of how we are able to construct while maintaining vehicle traffic. A full closure provides a predictable route, as opposed to one that changes more often with the current approach.
Here’s what else you should know:
- East-west traffic on 95 Avenue will be maintained for the most part. There will be closures during night time hours (9:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m.)
- Intersections will be closed for long periods of time for north-south traffic across 95 Avenue. For example, by mid-2019, there will be no north-south access across 95 Avenue except for Connors Road/Strathearn Drive and 85 Street/95 Avenue. This closure will last until approximately late 2020.
- 87 Street for north-south access will close temporarily during the summer of 2019 to complete road works and 90 Street will be opened when 87 Street is closed. All other north-south access will close permanently in the spring of 2019.
- There will be no north-south traffic across 95 Avenue as of mid-2019 from Connors Road to 85 Street until late 2020, to allow for construction of the LRT track. As of mid-2019, vehicular traffic approaching 95 Avenue form the south and the north will be right turns only.
- Night works will occur for the majority of 2019, as well as night works in 2020 for substantial construction work activities.
- Phase 1: For approximately 10-14 weeks, only one north-south access will be provided. Initially this will be 87 Street and then it will switch to 90 Street.
- Phase 2 starts approximately 8-10 weeks after the first phase. 86 Street remains closed, 87 Street closes and 90 Street opens. West of 90 Street, westbound traffic will shift to the north side of 95 Avenue. As westbound traffic is opened on the north side of 95 Avenue, all northbound access to 95 Avenue will be right in/right out. This means there will be no left turns onto 95 Avenue. Traffic will be split with eastbound traffic on the south and westbound traffic on the north side of 95 Avenue. This will last until late-2020.
- Phase 3: The remaining north side section of 95 Avenue will be opened, westbound from 85 Street through to Connors Road. All westbound traffic will be on the north side of 95 Avenue with right in/right out access. All eastbound traffic from Connors Road to 85 Street will be on the south side of 95 Avenue with right in/right out access. LRT work will be in the middle. During this time, westbound travel will not be able to access the south and eastbound traffic will not be able to access the north. The only vehicular crossings on 95 Avenue will be at Connors Road and 85 Street. As work is completed, 87 Street and 92 Street will reopen to north-south traffic in late 2020. No other intersections will permit north-south crossings – permanently.
- ETS service would continue east-west on 95 Avenue
- 95 Ave at all intersections will be right in/right out, eastbound or westbound. Except 87 St and 92 Street where left turns will also be permitted – with traffic lights.
We ask for your understanding and patience as construction progresses. For the most current, up-to-date information in your area, please visit http://transedlrt.ca/advisories/. We encourage you to sign up for our e-newsletter on our website www.transedlrt.ca
For more information, visit our website http://transedlrt.ca or contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 780-224-0964.