Just to get a handle on what everybody is talking about so far... (and as previously posted many pages back, albeit slightly different)
The purple line is the proposed route of Chief Peguis Trail, extending towards the Perimeter.
The yellow line is Ed Schreyer Parkway.
The red area is the so-called "protected area" with that rare species of... whatever.
The blue area is the Vickar Chevrolet/Mitsubishi dealership.
The orange area is the in-filled housing.
The yellow area are apartments.
Had those areas not been occupied, ESP would have extended all the way down south through those areas and realign with Plessis. Now that those areas have been occupied, ESP could either realign with Ravelston Ave. West, just north of the red protected area which would eventually terminate at Plessis, or Bradley St., directly west of the protected area, and then ESP would terminate at Regent. The problem with that is justifying the ESP route when Plessis is not too far away.
So yes, it's quite a mess on how our transportation network is less-than-stellar.
As for the traffic northbound Lagimodiere on Grassie, it's a major mess. The lights on Grassie are far too short with the amount of volume traffic tossed around. Then you have Gateway and McLeod being a mess on its own.
...and this again brings up a wider, broader, and bigger issue on money. It's agreed that our roads need to be fixed, but that obviously comes at a cost. Then you have people who complain that our taxes are too high. Yes, that is true to some extent as well. It's another topic to discuss, but it's these clashing mindsets that make everything here a deadlock, or at the very least, progress at a snails pace.