Originally Posted by Dalreg
The cost of converting 42nd street to freeway would be measured in the billions! What would be done with all the cross streets? The number of overpasses would be huge.
Probably cheaper in the long run to tunnel from Avenue C to Warman Road. How cool would that be!
Haha I was actually talking about that today. But What I would suggest would be to put one overpass at Quebec Ave one at Miller, and create a proper interchange at Idylwyle, close the road at C and build an interchange at Airport and then have traffic have limited access to that area there. Then turn the rest of the streets that run into Circle to cul-de-sacs. Have service roads off of Quebec and miller to serve the streets turned into cul-de-sacs. That way we could maintain a 90km/h speed limit along the whole thing. Also we wouldn't have to impact as many businesses as would be required, and it would significantly change the whole dynamic of travel in the north end of town.
Bigger businesses that would be affected would be:
- Midel Honda & Hyundai ( But would probably relocate to automall anyway)
- Tony Romas
Some small stores would have to change their access to the back but that could be done.
For safety issues have a tall 15-20 foot sound wall on both sides of the freeway with a large concrete barrier in the middle. As well as pedestrian overpasses at a few of the cul-de-sacs.
As this is already zoned commercial district noise problems would be minimal as the closest residents are about 300-500 metres away and the sound walls would stop most of the noise.
That is my two cents. Lets hope that something gets done!