Town of Canmore

Benchlands Trail Rehabilitation

Benchlands Trail will be re-paved to pro-long the life of the road and provide a better surface for users. When taking on rehabilitation projects it also provides the opportunity to analyze the area and look for improvements that can be made. We continue to work on improving our transportation network based on the pdf Integrated Transportation Plan (15.09 MB) . We have a small budget as part of this project to make intersection improvements along the corridor to improve function, safety and comfort for all road users. Before any decisions are made on what this may look like we would like to gain a better understanding on the types of issues that users experience in the area. 

Next Steps

  1. On March 20 council approved implementing a pilot project to trial a design meant to address the issues we heard. The pilot project will use paint, removable bollards and modular low profile concrete barriers to simulate the layout of the proposed design. 
  2. The pilot project will be implemented in June and will be monitored throughout June & July to see if it addresses the issues. As part of the monitoring process we will provide the opportunity for the public to give their feedback on how the design is functioning. 
  3. A report on the pilot project and recommended next steps will come back to council in the fall. At that time a decision on next steps including timelines for mill & overlay work will be made.


Get Involved

The engagement portion of this project has now closed, thank you for providing us with your feedback. Please see below for a summary of what we heard from the public. 

What We Heard

We used an online mapping tool that allowed people to give comments about their experiences at a specific location. We compiled this information and showed concept drawings at an open house. The concept drawings provided an opportunity to show ways to address some of these issues, and for administration to hear the public's thoughts on the concepts. 

We were able to group the feedback received into five main areas, below is a summary of what we heard:

Bike Skills Park Area:

  1. A formal crossing is needed in this area so that pedestrians and cyclists can cross the road to the multi-use pathway
  2. High vehicle speeds were noted 

Lower Cougar Creek Intersection:

  1. Difficult to turn left onto Benchlands Trail, particularly during school pick-up and drop-off times
  2. High vehicle speeds were noted
  3. Concern around pedestrian crossing safety due to high vehicle speeds
  4. Slippery road conditions noted in the winter

Between Lower Cougar Creek and Benchlands Terrace:

  1. A formal crossing is needed in this area that is in line with the pathway coming from Settler's Way

Benchlands Terrace:

  1. The crossing at Benchlands Terrace is under-utilized and the Settler's Way locations is preferred

Upper Cougar Creek Intersection:

  1. Difficult to turn left onto Benchlands Trail, particularly during school pick-up and drop-off times
  2. High vehicle speeds were noted
  3. The pedestrian crossing on Benchlands Trail adds difficulty to the left hand turn from Cougar Creek Drive