A study has been launched to determine if HOV lanes should be built on the QE2, to relieve congestion.
The Transit Committee recommended that a pilot project be developed for carpool lanes between Edmonton and Leduc.
Steve Schijns with AECOM says there will be a lot more volume on the highway in the coming years.
“As Edmonton grows to 2-million people in the 2040 period the pressures on capacity of the roadway system will not go away,” says Schijns. “So, we try to put enough tools, (and) enough new measures to allow us to manage that demand and shape it into the future.”
Schijns adds one option is to turn existing lanes into HOV lanes.
“In a place where that’s the most appropriate way to do it sure,” explains Schijns. “Because you’ve invested a lot of money in creating this infrastructure, so why not make the most efficient use of it. If you have a road where you can designate an HOV lane without widening, then that’s a very cost effective way of creating this priority.”
He says HOV lanes are not a new concept in many cities.
“If I recall, of the top 25 municipalities in North America, by population, something like 85 percent of them have HOV lanes,” says Schijns. “So this is not something that’s rare, or new. And as you put them in you realize how mundane and normal they are.”
The project would be from 65th ave in Leduc to the Century Park LRT station.
It also looks at the possibility of buses driving on the shoulder of the highway, as well as adding more bus lanes. (km/Global News)