St. Albert Trail & Boudreau/Giroux Corridor Safety Review
The City of St. Albert has developed an action plan that will be used to enhance the safety of pedestrians, cyclists and motorists along St. Albert Trail and Boudreau/Giroux Road.
The action plan is a result of a comprehensive safety review that took place throughout 2014 and 2015.
The review was a multi-step process that included:
Data Collection/Past information and data review
- Motor collision occurrences (2011 to 2013)
- Traffic volumes
- Roadway operations (speed, designated routes)
- Roadway design
- City warrant processes and traffic control guidelines
- Public correspondence of concerns brought to the Engineering Department’s attention
- Collision information related to location, the direction of travel, primary cause, severity, environmental and road conditions, traffic volumes
- Geometric roadway design review related to horizontal alignments, vertical alignments, roadway cross-section, access/exit points, and transit and pedestrian facilities
- Traffic conflict analysis targeting the top locations of priority from the collision data reporting to identify the underlying reasons why specific types of collisions may be prominent at these given locations.
Field site inspections and operational field review
- Review of multiple roads and seasonal conditions
- Corridors driven and walked by inspection teams
- Review of traffic control operations, level of service, sign/pavement/roadway condition assessments, driver behaviour
- Human factor analysis to evaluate road environment concerning the driver’s need to react to a rapidly changing roadway environment, process this information and carry out required manoeuvres
The 141-page report identified 145 road safety issues along the two corridors and rated them as minimal, lower, moderate or higher risk. The majority of recommendations are related to items such as enhancing pedestrian crossing visibility, providing more visual driver indications, and addressing infrastructure within the road right of way that could be updated to new design standards.
City proposes a three-year implementation plan that provides engineering solutions to address the safety issues, and also takes into consideration longer-term policy and standards that align with additional city projects such as the Transportation Master Plan. The City will also continue to undertake the many education, encouragement and enforcement strategies that are part of its Traffic Safety program, which includes implementing the Safe Journeys to School measures, reviewing its snow-clearing policy, and enforcing against speeding and aggressive/distracted driving.
The proposed implementation plan has prioritized items to be completed over a three year period at an estimated cost of $1.3 million. Priorities listed for 2015 will be completed through the approved 2015 budget, while funding for future priorities will be presented as part of the City’s annual budget cycle.
Last edited: November 15, 2019