Town of Canmore

Palliser Trail

Palliser Trail is identified as an important link in the town’s network of walking and cycling infrastructure. It is also seeing increased development, and the Town has prioritized making improvements to the transportation infrastructure along this corridor, to connect it with the Town Centre and other community amenities.

Background/Project Information

  • The current configuration of Palliser Trail contains more space than is needed to maintain a high level of service for automobile travel. 
  • There is an opportunity to redesign Palliser Trail to better accommodate all modes of travel including people walking, cycling, taking transit, and driving. 
  • Spaces where people walk and cycle will be physically separated from vehicle traffic by concrete medians and green spaces.
  • Pedestrian crossings will have median refuges added, allowing people to cross the road one direction of traffic at a time.
  • Intersections will be redesigned to better accommodate all modes of travel.
  • Left and right turn lanes will be kept where required to accommodate vehicular turn movements.

Get Involved

Engagement on this project has been completed. For a summary of what was heard  pdf click here (85 KB) . Updated designs will be posted closer to project initiation in 2020. 

To view the traffic study completed for this area as part of the design pdf click here (12.93 MB)

Timelines

  • This project was originally to start in 2019, but will now start in 2020 as part of the Transportation Improvement Program 2020. This program will combine a number of smaller projects together in a similar area for efficiencies and a coordinated approach to traffic flow during construction.

Project Design

Area 1

  • This section will be implemented in the future, as more development occurs to the north along Palliser Trail (not included in 2019 construction).
  • A two-way separated shared-use path will be provided along the west side of the roadway, ultimately connecting to a future pedestrian connection across the highway.
  • The existing shared-use path on the east side of the road will continue to be used as a two-way walking and cycling connection to the north.
  • Intersection improvements are planned to repurpose unused portions of the existing road surface. 
  • Median refuges will be added at crossing points – so that people walking and cycling can cross one lane and one direction of traffic at a time.
  • Some green space will be added at the edges of the roadway, where corners are tightened to signify the transition from a highway into a populated area.
  • New designs will accommodate people walking, cycling, taking transit, and driving emergency vehicles, and other large vehicles.

Area 2

  • A bus stop will be added to the west side of Palliser Trail, next to the Peaks of Canmore buildings. 
  • A median refuge will be added at the existing crosswalk next to Peaks at Canmore, so that people walking and cycling can cross one lane and one direction of traffic at a time.
  • The existing (northbound) bus stop next to Holiday Inn will be moved further north, to a new location between the Peaks at Canmore and the new church development.
  • An additional northbound bus stop will be added adjacent to the new church development, to facilitate coach loading and unloading.
  • Central medians will be added along the corridor. Left turn bays will be provided where required.
  • The intersection with Silvertip Trail will undergo some realignment to intersect at a right angle. This will reduce crossing distances for people walking and cycling, and provide better sightlines for all people travelling through the intersection. Median refuges will be added at all crossing points, so that people walking and cycling can cross one direction of traffic at a time.
  • A new, two-way shared-use path will be added to the west side of Palliser Trail, which will be separated from traffic by a concrete buffer space. This pathway will be constructed on the existing roadway surface. 

Area 3

  • A new, two-way shared-use path will be added to the west side of Palliser Trail, which will be separated from traffic by a concrete buffer space. This pathway will be constructed on the existing roadway surface. 
  • The existing shared-use path on the east side of the road will continue to be used as a two-way walking and cycling connection to the north.
  • The existing (northbound) bus stop next to Holiday Inn will be moved further north, to Section 2.
  • Central medians will be added along the corridor. Left turn bays will be provided where required.

 Area 4

  • The intersection of Palliser Trail with Benchlands Trail will undergo some modifications to provide a two-way shared-use pathway connection from the west side of Palliser Trail onto the north side of the overpass. 
  • A 4m wide two-way shared-use path will be added to the north side of the Benchlands Trail overpass, which will be physically separated from traffic by a concrete buffer.
  • The bridge barrier on the north side of the bridge will have railing added, to increase the height next to the pathway.
  • Benchlands Trail coming downhill and arriving at the intersection will change so that the right lane becomes a right-turn only lane, and the central lane continues straight across the bridge.
  • The bridge deck will be modified in the westbound direction so that there is one westbound lane (plus a left turn bay to enter the Trans Canada Highway entry ramp). The central median on the overpass and all of the eastbound lanes (uphill) will remain the same.
  • The sidewalk on the south side of the bridge will not be changed as part of this project. 

Area 5

  • The new 4m shared-use path on the north side of the overpass will be continued through this intersection, and transition to a new shared-use pathway (off the street) on the north side of Benchlands Trail (connecting to Bow Valley Trail).
  • This pathway will be separated from traffic lanes by green space and a curb.
  • The roadway through this section (approaching Bow Valley Trail) will not change. 
  • Future improvements are planned for the intersection of Railway Avenue with Bow Valley Trail (to be constructed at a future date). Future improvements are also planned for the pathways along Bow Valley Trail. 
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