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Why are you doing the project?
The Traffic data, collision data, and geometric analysis all indicate that this section of highway needs to be redesigned with reduced speeds, addition of signalized intersections, and defined turning lanes.
Why is Highways and Public Works proposing so many projects in this area?
The Yukon government is committed to investing in road infrastructure to ensure our roads are safe. That is why we are making safety improvements to the Alaska Highway within the City of Whitehorse.
The main objective of these safety upgrades is to reduce the probability and potential for collisions and points of conflict. These points of conflict not only concern motorists, but also pedestrian and cyclists using the Alaska Highway.
Why do we need a frontage road?
Frontage or service roads support the guiding principal for design of a highway which is installing controlled accesses, spaced longer that 400 meters apart to ensure the safe flow of traffic on and off a highway for vehicles, transport trucks, pedestrians and cyclists.
What is happening to the existing accesses onto the highway?
Closing multiple accesses of a highway that runs through this community is required to improve safety by reducing opportunities for conflict. Providing a frontage or service road will allow for diverse traffic activity to flow safely and efficiently into and out of the Hillcrest commercial and residential areas.
With this in mind, Hillcrest Drive will remain a primary intersection, and will be upgraded to include a signalized control for all traffic from the airport, on the highway, and Hillcrest residential and commercial areas.
Further, there will be a new signalized intersection at Wassan Road and the Alaska highway, providing traffic a second access point on- and off- of the Alaska Highway and into the Hillcrest commercial area.
Does the design account for future projections?
Yes, the design is based on 20-year traffic and population projections, using an average growth rate of 2% per year.
Why do we need 4-lanes plus turning lanes?
Can you provide data on the traffic forecast that shows the increased traffic warrants the 4-lane and intersection accesses?
Can you explain why 60km/hr will make a difference with the addition of the new lanes?
You are increasing the width of the highway, how does this actually protect and increase safety for pedestrians and cyclists?
What about a pedestrian underpass?
Underpasses can be an effective mechanism for pedestrians and bicyclists to transit. A literature review indicates that pedestrians (and cyclists) may opt not to use an underpass if transit across the top of the road can be completed in the same amount of time.
Further too, there are challenges and benefits both to an underpass beneath the highway, ranging from user safety to maintenance and impacts to surrounding land use and utilities.
More detail can be found in the provided memo
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Why a barrier and not painted islands?
Raised medians provide better direction and physical separation when left turn lanes are designed opposite one another. However, this project is in the conceptual design phase, and these details will be reviewed during the detailed design phase.