Originally Posted by Boris2k7
Well, except that there IS a point in doing so, since unlike Winnipeg the ring road is very, very close to the edge of Calgary and people are more likely NOT to go all the way around. People use a bypass when the difference between that and the direct route appears to be negligible, and even better. Here, you will hit the ring road and you have the choice of going about 10Km directly through the city, 30Km around the city, or 5Km down to Glenmore and right through the city for the rest of the 10Km anyways. And if we want an E-W route that is built up to the highest standards (think German Autobahn), we might as well choose the primary route through the city and give it a reason to be that way.
Is it faster to get to Banff from YYC via Country Hills Bl, or 16 Ave? I would tend to think that 16 Ave is faster; however, when I worked at the car rental desk at the airport, it was the common belief (among the business travel set) that Country Hills Bl was the more direct route. I always put this down to the perception that you were making better progress due to the fact that CHB is wider, with less stoplights and in general, less congestion.
In the same way, I think that when it's built, people will prefer to take the ring road rather than the TCH through the city, if only because people in cars tend to prefer freeways to boulevards.
Speaking as someone who has had the occasion to travel across the country several times by road, I take the detour around Winnipeg's ring road every time, if only to avoid having to deal with all the problems inherent in urban road systems: gridlock, car accidents, breakdowns, shopping centre rushes, drive by shootings
, unexpected navigation problems, etc etc.