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edmontonjournal edmontonjournal.com 07 Sep, 2021 01:15 am

City stands behind signal timing of two new pedestrian scramble crossings in Strathcona despite traffic backlogs

City stands behind signal timing of two new pedestrian scramble crossings in Strathcona despite traffic backlogs
Two new pedestrian scramble crossings installed last week at busy intersections along Edmonton’s Whyte Avenue are leading to significant travel delays for…

Noting the delays, Edmonton’s director of safe mobility Jessica Lamarre said no traffic signal timing changes are planned at this point to try and improve the flow of traffic since data is still being collected.Lamarre said there is no specific goal for wait times at these intersections and although the change has led to some delays for motorists, the focus is to provide a safer commute for pedestrians.But this means all cars approaching the intersection are stopped for a longer period of time and that has led to a backlog of traffic along the affected roads during peak travel times.The new Whyte Avenue crossings, at Gateway Boulevard and Calgary Trail, allow pedestrians to cross in every direction, including diagonally, at the same time.

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