Monday, September 28, 2020

Safety Improvement and Traffic Pattern Change for Grade Crescent at 208 Street

There is a significant change coming to the intersection of 208th Street and Grade Crescent/47 Avenue starting October 5th.

Currently, this intersection is a full uncontrolled intersection, but it will be changing to a limited movement intersection to increase safety. Traffic volumes and speed have been increasing along 208th Street over the last several years.

As a result, a median will be installed as shown in the following diagram.

Median at 208 Street and Grade Crescent

This means that only right-in, right-out turns will be allowed from Grade Crescent and 47 Avenue onto 208th Street. Through traffic between 47 Avenue and Grade Crescent will not be permitted. Left turns will not be permitted from 47 Avenue or Grade Crescent onto 208th Street, but left turns will be permitted from 208th Street onto 47 Avenue or Grade Crescent.

This change was originally proposed back in 2011, and was approved by council in the summer of 2019. Various other options were considered including a roundabout, traffic light, and other alternative lane configurations.

The traffic light was ruled out by the project engineers as it would be at the base of the hill which is against best practices. While a roundabout makes sense, it would require property acquisition which would make this a longer-term idea to consider.

For those people that live between 205th and 208th Street on Grade Crescent, they will now have to use 48th Avenue to head northbound on 208th Street.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the City’s Engineering, Parks and Environment Department at 604-514-2997 or email

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