Email from the city following up from a meeting with DCL
I wanted to thank you and everyone from the Dovercourt Community League that came out to discuss the Yellowhead Trail Freeway Conversion Program in June. I am sorry about the delay getting out a summary of what we heard from the meeting. As mentioned, I was away and that has delayed getting this to you.
Here is a summary of what we heard:
· Many were concerned about the increased traffic along St.Albert Trail as a result of the loss of a North/South connection at 149 Street. 156 Street and 118 Avenue were also brought up as needing to consider capacity as a result of what is happening on Yellowhead Trail. · One of the issues that was identified was that getting in and out of the neighbourhood would be an increased challenge. Several people indicated the need for a full set of traffic lights at St.Albert Trail and Dovercourt Avenue intersection, as well as 137 Street and 118 Avenue intersection. · Safety was brought up by many of the people in attendance, both in terms of traffic cutting through the neighbourhood (during construction and after) and with pedestrians crossing St.Albert Trail and 118 Avenue. · There was a theme around ensuring that the project team looks holistically at the changes to Yellowhead and how these change the system including St.Albert Trail, 118 Avenue, and neighbourhoods set-back from Yellowhead such as Inglewood or Woodcroft. Also look at how other projects, such as Ray Gibbons Drive (St.Albert), will impact traffic in traffic projections. · Many emphasized the importance of good communication. Construction information was highlighted as really important as well as traffic projections. · Suggested annual check-in with Community League, possibly at AGM when more members are in attendance. · League can send out information in their newsletter.
Thanks again for your time and setting up this meeting for this initial conversation and public engagement opportunity about the Yellowhead Trail Freeway Conversion Program. Your input from this meeting will be compiled with other stakeholder meetings about the Program. A public report will be available in January 2019. All project specific feedback about 149 Street closure will be provided to the project team as they move into the preliminary design phase.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Have a great day, Erin
Erin McKeown Public Engagement Advisor Communications & Engagement
City of Edmonton Edmonton Tower, 10th Floor 10111-104 Ave NW Edmonton AB T5J 0J4