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The Integrated Transportation Master Plan (ITMP) guides how the County manages and invests in its transportation network, and provides a framework for identifying appropriate funding sources, such as capital budgets.

Strathcona County’s vision is to become Canada’s most liveable community. An effective and accessible transportation network is an integral component that promotes a safe, healthy community and strong economy.  

The County’s transportation network is comprised of the roads, sidewalks, trails and transit, connecting thousands of people and products to and from their destinations.

2022 Integrated Transportation Master Plan update


2022 ITMP update

The ITMP is a long-range planning tool requiring updates to align with planning and growth. The 2022 update was informed by public and stakeholder input along with technical and engineering studies, and coordination with County and regional planning.

The ITMP update was approved by Council on November 29, 2022. The update supports recommended changes in regional and County growth and planning since the ITMP was last updated in 2012.  


Priorities

The update has identified and confirmed five priorities. It also includes implementation strategies and recommendations for each priority.

Safety
A safe transportation network for all users is fundamental to the well-being of the community. 

Recommendations

  • Safe transportation for all regardless of means of travel
  • Safety planning should be a priority both in policy and transportation design
  • Work with industry partners to improve safety of rail interaction

Connectivity
A healthy community requires connections between the places you work, play and live.

Recommendations

  • Collaborate with key stakeholders and regional partners to support regional projects and connect employment and activity areas
  • Connect transit and active transportation to the transportation network throughout the County 
  • Enhance connections to, from and within the Rural Service Area

Accessibility
The County’s transportation network will be accessible to all.

Recommendations

  • Provide accessible and integrated transit and active transportation infrastructure
  • Review design standards to address future multi-modal needs
  • Explore transportation innovations and partnerships for alternative mobility services 

Efficiency
An efficient transportation system contributes to the well-being of our economy, ecosystem and residents.

Recommendations

  • Invest in alternative transportation options from single-occupancy motor vehicles
  • Support innovations in transportation technology
  • Continue to improve transit options and follow the guidelines within the Transit Master Plan
  • Support transportation options that reduce negative impacts on the environment

Economy
Transportation investment will support industry and economic growth.

Recommendations

  • Prioritize key goods movement corridors (Truck routes, highways, oversized load routes) for investment
  • Maintain partnerships and collaboration with industry and regional partners 
  • Ensure new development supports the County’s transportation priorities
Venn diagram with three sections overlapping. Section 1: Technical Requirements. Section 2: County & Regional Plans & Policies. Section 3: Public Inputs. Where it overlaps is where ITMP decisions were made.

Public Engagement

Phase 1 engagement: residents and stakeholders explored the values to include in the ITMP. They identified existing and future transportation issues and  suggested where the County should invest in transportation.  

Phase 2 engagement: residents and stakeholders confirmed support for five priorities identified as pillars of the ITMP: Safety, Connectivity, Accessibility, Efficiency, and Economy. These priorities reflect the community values as well as the County’s Strategic Goals.

June 2021 – Phase 1 Survey What We Heard Report (315.6 KB)

July 2021 – Phase 1 Engagement What We Heard Final Report (31.9 MB)

May 2022 – Phase 2 Engagement What We Heard Report (12.8 MB)


Technical review

Technical studies and review included Bremner and Local Employment Area, Cambrian and Ardrossan growth areas. The network will continue to function well through 25 years with a few upgrades required. 

Beyond the 25-year horizon, with continued growth, significant improvements will be required on major highway interchanges and high-volume intersections; and rail crossing delays are anticipated to increase.


Alignment with County and regional plans

The 2022 update aligns with and considers other County and regional planning documents, including:

Further information:

Transportation Engineering and Operations
Phone: 780-417-7100
Email: transportation@strathcona.ca

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Last updated: Wednesday, November 30, 2022
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