Sherwood Drive/Broadmoor Boulevard Traffic Circle
Strathcona County presented findings and recommendations related to the traffic circle at the October 22, 2019 Priorities Committee Meeting.
The traffic circle was the third highest collision intersection in Sherwood Park. The County implemented changes in May 2016 to reduce collisions and improve driver understanding. The changes are based on a detailed 2015 engineering study completed by Al-Terra Engineering and were made for the interim, until the intersection requires reconstruction or rehabilitation.
As a result, the traffic circle is operating better than expected, with significantly fewer collisions than previously experienced.
The safety changes have made the traffic circle one of the lowest arterial road collision intersections. Collisions have reduced an average of 48 per cent.
Navigate traffic circles safely
- Always yield to vehicles exiting the circle, even if you are driving straight through.
- Never change lanes in the circle.
- When in doubt, use the right lane to go straight; use the left lane to enter the circle.
Long-term options for the traffic circle
The long-term option for the traffic circle is to convert the intersection into a modern, multi-lane roundabout.
Based on the three-year safety evaluation, and to make most effective use of construction capital, Strathcona County recommends operating and maintaining the traffic circle with the interim changes until it either no longer supports the volume of traffic, or until the road requires scheduled lifecycle replacement/rehabilitation. It is anticipated the road will require replacement rehabilitation within six to 10 years.
The Traffic Safety Advisory Committee recommends the traffic circle be considered for redesign and reconstruction upon regular rehabilitation of the road as deemed necessary by Strathcona County, with a cost/benefit analysis.
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