On Tuesday, March 24 I held a Town Hall meeting at Avonmore School. Here are some of the questions that were asked.
Valley Line LRT
Why is 83rd Street exempt from the choice of streetlights?
- 83rd Street is exempt from the choice on streetlights because the LRT will run along 83rd Street; design decisions for the streetlights will be made in conjunction with LRT designs.
When will LRT decisions be made?
- The City is currently in the procurement process. We’re working with three shortlisted proponents as they put together their bids to design, build, operate, maintain and partially finance the Valley Line. Teams have now started to prepare a design for the Valley Line that meets criteria established by the City. They will submit final bids to the City in fall 2015. A project agreement will be finalized with the successful team in early 2016 so that major construction can begin that spring. Construction is scheduled to take place from 2016 through 2020, with the line set to open to public service at the end of that year.
- We’re starting to ramp up our communications and engagement activities in the coming months, including establishing five neighbourhood-based Citizen Working Groups for the Valley Line project. These groups are intended to provide a forum for information-sharing and dialogue in communities directly affected by the Valley Line LRT project during detailed design and construction, with the five working groups ideally representing a cross-section of their respective communities. We’ve started recruitment and we plan to have the groups in place this spring with participation and input from Community Leagues, major organizations and service agencies. Each group will also have a few members-at-large, and we’ll publicize that part of the recruitment process soon. Some of the attendees of your Town Hall meeting may also be interested in that information as well.
- Edmontonians are always welcome to contact us with questions or concerns about the Valley Line and other future LRT projects at our LRT Projects Information Centre: 780-496-4874(voicemail); firstname.lastname@example.org. We also have a wealth of information available online: edmonton.ca/valleyline.
- The concern regarding the potholes along 73 Avenue, 89 Street to 76 Avenue have been sent to City staff for action.
It seems some drivers are taking 73 Avenue as a short cut around construction then speeding down 83 Street. Speeding along Argyll Road was also mentioned.
- “The City of Edmonton Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) is committed to making the streets of Edmonton safer through education, engineering, enforcement and evaluation. The office works in conjunction with the Edmonton Police Service to enforce provisions of the Traffic Safety Act with the EPS being responsible for manned enforcement and the Office of Traffic Safety delivering the intersection safety device program (speed on green and red light violations) and the mobile photo enforcement program.
- In addition to photo enforcement, the City of Edmonton utilizes a number of methods to try to reduce vehicle speed and improve traffic safety in our communities. These methods include speed display trailers, driver feedback signs, community awareness signs, marked community photo radar vans, school dollies, and manned police enforcement.
- OTS received two complaints of speeding along 73 Avenue last year and after the completion of a speed survey community we installed some community speed awareness signs. The Edmonton Police Service is also aware of the prior complaints for this location and have been provided with the speed data in order to conduct enforcement activities during times when the majority of violations are occurring.
- The speed survey for 73 Ave revealed that a large portion of drivers (slightly over 70 percent) were obeying the speed limit and that of those drivers who were speeding, most were travelling at a speed lower than the level normally enforced by police. Traffic volumes and speed data did not support the creation of photo enforcement sites along 73 Ave.
- In regards to speeding on Argyll Rd, OTS does conduct photo enforcement along this roadway and will request deployments to this location be reviewed to ensure we are enforcing the area effectively.
When is 75 Street going to be widened? Is Argyll Road going to be widened as well?
- We are planning on completing a 6 lane concept plan for the section of 75 Street north of Argyll in 2017 dependent on funding. Actual construction is not scheduled or funded. We have a service package prepared for 2016 budget considerations for consulting funding to look at how it could be widened and if approved we will do that starting in 2017. We have 6 lane concept plans south of Argyll to Wagner Road and the P3 will be widening all the way from there to Whitemud Drive. We have no plans to widen Argyll.