Deerfoot Trail study recommends carpool lanes, new southeast interchange

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Final recommendations have been made for improvements to ease congestion on Deerfoot Trail.

On Monday, the City of Calgary and Alberta Transportation released the results of the multi-year Deerfoot Trail study, which will guide future plans to improve the highway.

The study assessed 35 kilometres of freeway, including 18 existing interchanges.

Proposed changes include carpool lanes in both directions between Barlow Trail and Airport Trail, interchange improvements and multi-use pathways in some areas to provide better pedestrian and cyclist connections.

The study also recommends constructing a new interchange at 128 St. S.E.

The provincial government manages Deerfoot Trail, and they’ll determine the next steps for work on the road. There’s currently $210 million allocated in the province’s 2020 capital plan for Deerfoot Trail improvements.

Improvements will roll out over the next three decades, but some construction is being prioritized within the next 10 years.

In addition to the carpool or high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes to add capacity on Deerfoot Trail, the study recommends beginning by grade separating entrance and exit ramps between Memorial Drive and 17th Avenue S.E., and moving forward with interchange improvements at Glenmore Trail and Country Hills Boulevard.

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