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North Industrial and Hudson Bay Industrial stakeholders including commuters, business owners, and people employed in the area are invited to attend a public meeting to review and discuss a draft traffic plan designed for this district. The meeting will be hosted by the City of Saskatoon, Transportation Division.

In November, 2016 area stakeholders participated in discussions that addressed traffic concerns in these two industrial areas. Based on feedback and information received during this meeting, recent traffic counts, and existing traffic studies, the Transportation Division has prepared a draft area-wide traffic plan.

Local stakeholders have two ways to provide comments on specific traffic adjustments being proposed.

* A public meeting was held on Thursday, September 14, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Travelodge Hotel

* Can't make the meeting? Review the Draft North Industrial Area-Wide Traffic Plan and join the discussion below by clicking the blue 'View Topic' box no later than October 14, 2017.

 

For more information, please contact:

Yang Li, Transportation Engineer, Engineer in Training

Transportation & Utilities Department, City of Saskatoon

222-3rd Avenue North Saskatoon, S7K 0J5

Email: yang.li@saskatoon.ca Ph: (306) 975-3523 Fax: (306) 975-2971

 

 

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Tamara Holgate about 1 month ago

It is very unsafe to turn left onto Miners Avenue from 56th Street East. There's lots of vehicles parked which makes it difficult to see traffic heading Northbound. In the winter, there's many close calls as vehicles slide through this intersection and with there being so many semis in the area, it's extremely risky.

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Yang Li admin about 1 month ago

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Jeff Richardson about 1 month ago

New lane signage for Eastbound Marquis Drive when crossing Idylwyld suggests left turn lane heading northbound plus 2 straight through eastbound lanes. However, there is a left turn lane and only one straight through lane approaching intersection. The potholes and unfinished shoulder should be properly paved and made into an additional lane, properly aligning with the lanes after crossing Idylwyld to the East.

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Yang Li admin about 1 month ago

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Cindy Toutloff about 1 month ago

I hope these changes do not make traffic flow worse like what was do to the Warman Road/51st Street intersection. The yield sign at the turn from 51st to Warman Road is backing up traffic far worse than the continuous turn that used to be there. The lanes going north on Warman, especially the turn lanes are way too short and back up traffic for anyone trying to go straight. Please think these changes thru before you make any more substantial changes as it seems that there was not a lot of thought put into these changes and has made things worse rather than better.

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Yang Li admin about 1 month ago

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Michele Kowbel about 1 month ago

The proposed recommendation of removing on street parking from 43rd street to 60th street creating an extra traffic lane in each direction will displace a large number of on street parking to the smaller side roads. With no sidewalks in this industrial area there will be an increase in safety concerns for people attempting to walk down Faithfull Avenue. In winter, the safety concerns will increase. If you are removing street parking please consider putting in sidewalks and having them cleared in winter. Safety should apply to both drivers and pedestrians. You cannot justify making the streets safer for vehicles and by doing so force pedestrians to walk in traffic.

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Yang Li admin about 1 month ago

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Connie Despins about 1 month ago

I completely agree with Michele Kowbel's comments. We require parking on Faithfull up to 60th as there are no sidewalks available and this would be a hazard for staff to park anywhere other than on Faithfull.

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Kent OGrady 24 days ago

The elimination of parking lanes along Faithfull Ave. will create serious safety issues. I concur with others who have posted in this forum that, at the minimum, sidewalks must be installed for pedestrian safety if this proposal is to proceed (and I hope it does not). Moreover, traffic lights must be installed at Faithfull and 60th St. It is already becoming a dangerous intersection for pedestrians, and once the extension of Faithfull opens to Marquis, the problem will get worse if there is only a four way stop at that intersection. Drivers consistently speed and there is a definite lack of speed limit enforcement. The North Industrial in general is not pedestrian friendly; this proposal continues to enable a hierarchy of drivers being prioritized over pedestrians, cyclists and bus commuters (who must walk from their stop to their work site). In addition, many drivers will also be inconvenience due to the displacement of a very large number of parking spots. Two other issues of concern. First, it is very difficult at many stop signs in Saskatoon to see if traffic is approaching because parking is allowed almost right up to the stop sign. It is tough to see over a big truck parked by an intersection. Other cities do not permit any parking within 5 metres of a stop sign to ensure visibility, and such a measure would reduce accidents in Saskatoon. Second, there is no right hand turning lane on Idylwyld northbound on to 60th Street. This is a dangerous situation because some drivers break almost fully before turning right in what is an otherwise 90 km/h zone (in which most drivers do 100 to 110 km/h anyways). Driving on the shoulder in approaching 60th St. was a car-wrecking experience due to large potholes, most of which have been thankfully filled. However, a proper turning lane is definitely required here before someone gets killed. I stopped using that route to work a while ago as I felt it unsafe.

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Cindy Desmarais 24 days ago

I completely agree with everything stated by Kent OGrady, Connie Despins and Michele Kowbel. I too do not wish to have parking removed on Faithful Avenue. There is minimal side street parking near Faithful and 60th and no sidewalks. Also agree that there should be a right hand turning lane off of Idylwyld on to 60th as it is indeed a hazard turning at this corner; I too discontinued using this route to work because of this.

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Shannon Leintz 19 days ago

I completely agree with everything stated by Kent O'Grady, Connie Despins, Michele Kowbel and Cindy Desmarais. I do not wish to have parking removed on Faithful Avenue. There is minimal side street parking near Faithful and 60th.

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Trent Wilson at October 11, 2017 at 4:36pm CDT

I completely agree with everything stated in the above comments. I do not wish to have parking removed on Faithful Avenue. There is minimal side street parking near Faithful and 60th. And, will making Faithful Ave from 51st St. to 60th St. a double lane improve or increase traffic congestion? I don't believe it will do anything to improve it.

I also agree that there should be a turning lane going off of Idylwyld onto 60th St. as well as a merging lane from 60th St. onto Idylwyld as this corner is very hazardous. Especially in slippery road conditions.

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Lyndsey Fernets at October 12, 2017 at 10:48am CDT

I agree with all comments above I am not sure if the double lane will increase or improve I agree with Trent comments. I would like to emphasize my concerns on the turn on Idylwyld onto 60th turn off. I almost have someone hit me on a daily basis because no one understands how this intersections works. Very dangerous especially when it is winter. Please do something about this turn off and don't wait until someone gets seriously injured before you do.

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Melanie Penner at October 12, 2017 at 10:53am CDT

Agree with all comments made. With regards to parking on the street around our building, it is very dangerous on Faithfull and on 60th. Possibly the City could talk to our landlord to lower the parking rates so we can park in this beautiful parking lot they created when they built the building.

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Adam Fenwick at October 12, 2017 at 11:49am CDT

I am in agreement with several of the above statements.

I am not in favour of the removal of on-street parking in such a large area on Faithfull Ave. Mny businesses in this area employ large amounts of people and these employees will be forced to walk longer distances on the street and through traffic which will be unsafe with no sidewalks available. The risk exists year round but becomes especially problematic in winter conditions.

The suggestion in the comments above of a right turning lane on idylwyld drive when turning onto 60th street is very important. The shoulder on idylwyld in this area is often in poor repair (likely do to it being used as an impromptu turning lane out of necessity and it not being constructed for this traffic volume) and this creates a situation in which many drivers are slowing to a speed to turn in the driving lane. The three-way stop at the intersection can be problematic to begin with for the other drivers at the intersection - a turning lane would allow those waiting at the stop to much more easily determine if traffic is turning off of idylwyld or not and thereby prevent accidents.

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Sandie Vezina at October 12, 2017 at 1:54pm CDT

I am in agreement with the comments opposing the removal of parking on Faithful, as well as, the suggestion to have sidewalks installed, and a turning lane onto 60th from Idylwyld. I have a perfect view of the intersection at Faithful and 60th and have seen many frightening close calls, both to individuals and vehicle collisions. I would like to further recommend that a traffic light be installed at this intersection, for pedestrian safety and better traffic flow. In my opinion, the stop signs may cause congestions.

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David Crump at October 13, 2017 at 12:17pm CDT

I am in full agreement with the comments that oppose the removal of street parking on Faithfull Avenue. I am also in favor of installing a right hand turning lane in the northbound lane of Idylwyld at 60th to increase safety at a dangerous intersection. There are a very large number of people working in this area and the street parking is a necessity. Sidewalks are a very good idea to increase safety for people walking to work from their vehicle, and would be especially necessary if street parking is removed. I would suggest adding a walking path along Faithfull from 51st street to Marquis Drive to link to the new trail along Marquis. It would be great to have a safer option for people to go for a walk on their lunch breaks in an area that currently makes it difficult or unsafe to get any exercise.

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Sheena Hache at October 13, 2017 at 1:31pm CDT

As with everyone above I agree that opening up two lanes of traffic from Faithful up to 60th Street creates an unsafe environment for everyone who works in this area. This displaces a lot of parking spaces causing people to park on the minimal amount side streets available, this option forces those pedestrians to walk further distances to their workplace along a double lane street as no sidewalks are available. This is especially hazardous in the winter as the only place to walk is on the street as the grassy areas are piled with snow. A lot of people working in this area walk on lunch breaks and with no sidewalks they are required to walk along the street thus creating a dangerous environment.
I challenge you, before this additional lane is opened, to come observe the area along Faithful and 60th street during the work week to witness the amount of vehicles that will be displaced and the safety concerns for pedestrians and cyclists. If you still choose to open up a second driving lane on Faithful Ave I urge you to consider creating sidewalks along Faithful and along 60th street for pedestrians to get to their vehicles and bus stops safely.

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Cora Kunz at October 13, 2017 at 2:12pm CDT

I also agree that opening up two lanes of traffic on Faithfull avenue creates an unsafe environment for everyone uses this area. With the lack of sidewalks and pedestrian crossings is a safety concern for both pedestrians walking from the bus stop or parking spot on the street to their place of work and to vehicles driving the street. Faithful avenue and 60th street see a lot of semi traffic so to have people walking on the street when they drive by is very unsafe.

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Lonny Deobald at October 13, 2017 at 3:00pm CDT

Two comments. First, the environment in this area is not conducive to safe pedestrian traffic. Those of us that choose to not spend the significant money required to park in our parking lot in this industrial area must walk along the road in dangerous proximity to both large and fast moving traffic. And, given the inconsistency of snow removal, the issue becomes that much more dangerous in the winter. Second, I feel it would be a benefit to remove the awkward access to 60th Street from Idylwyld. This intersection increases the traffic on 60th Street. If this intersection was closed to Idylwyld, it would push the big truck traffic up to the newly refurbished Marquis Drive and leave 60th Street to support local traffic only, making it safer for the people parking and walking.

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Sheena Hache at October 13, 2017 at 4:03pm CDT

In regard to your parking study for Faithfull Avenue as noted in the North Industrial Area Wide Traffic Plan (pdf, pg 8). Why was the study only completed from 42 - 59th street rather than right up to the affected area of 60th street? If the study continued on from 59th to 60th street it would have noted significant usage of on-street parking. Thus creating skewed results of your parking study which indeed causes significant impact for on street parking. Below is an excerpt from page 8 of your report: "The results of parking study indicate that the use of on-street parking on Faithfull Avenue from 42nd Street to 59th Street was very low, and ample parking was available on the side streets and off-street. Therefore, the impact of removing on-street parking for Faithfull Avenue is expected to be minimal."

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Cindy Desmarais at October 13, 2017 at 4:23pm CDT

Yes, this parking study appears to have purposely decided to leave out 60th Street due to the fact that this is the one busy street and if it had been included the results of the study would have been much different. As others have mentioned, our building charges costly parking fees to park in the parking lot; not particularly fair given the building is in an area that is in the middle of no where, not downtown or in high demand for parking spots. Odds are that no employees of businesses within the area are charged for parking so it is questionable why we are. Many of us as such choose to park on the street and should continue to be able to do so. This "minimal" impact is not "minimal" for those of us parking in the area of 60th and Faithfull.

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