Speed Tables to address traffic congestion on Alton Drive

Monday, August 20, 2018

This week, the City of Leduc will begin installing temporary speed tables along Alton Drive as a pilot to manage traffic volume on the main roadway that travels through Windrose and Leduc Estates neighbourhoods.

In recent years, traffic along Alton Drive has increased as drivers use the route as a shortcut to 50th Avenue. This raises safety concerns for residents in the area whose driveways front directly onto the busy road and for St. Benedict and Leduc Estates Schools who experience significant congestion during school hours.

After hearing a number of concerns from residents in the area, the city’s Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) investigated options for managing the congestion. TAC’s final recommendation was the temporary installation of a speed tables to encourage drivers to be more mindful of their route and the speeds they are traveling. Drivers who use Alton Drive frequently are encouraged to use Grant MacEwan Boulevard as an alternative.

Speed tables, which are longer than speed bumps, are a flat-topped traffic calming device that aim to reduce traffic speeds by raising the wheelbase of vehicles. The tables along Alton Drive are designed to accommodate the road’s current limit of 50 km/hr. A total of six tables will be installed along Alton Drive (three north of Black Gold Dr. and three south) and will be monitored by the city to determine if additional measures are needed. The tables will be removed prior to winter and reinstalled in the spring for further observation. If deemed successful, may be permanently installed in the future.

More information about the city’s Transportation Master Plan can be found online at Leduc.ca. For questions regarding this project, please contact engineering@leduc.ca or 780-980-7107.

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Lauren Wozny, Communications Officer