The news article spoke to some public responses during
the 2014 Functional Plan, which provided the larger-view of safety upgrades to
the Alaska Highway over a span of 30-years. Verbiage on the project page was
extracted verbatim from the news article (linked to the site for reference).
Safety upgrades to the highway are necessary, with the
Range Road Extension Project and the highway upgrades through Hillcrest being
the first two major projects for the Alaska Highway through the City of
The purpose of the Alaska Highway User Engagement Survey was to determine how Yukoners wanted to be engaged during this
infrastructure project, from design through regulatory applications, and then
on into construction. This website was developed to gather concerns and
questions regarding the highway project.
The conceptual design remains just that -- conceptual.
As public input is received through this engagement process, the design team is
refining the drawings.
The engagement process is ongoing, and while the
conceptual drawings may not appear to change, the design team is actively
changing the detailed design as comments arise. These drawings will be
presented in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!
and collision reports, indicate there are risks for pedestrians, cyclists, andvehicles. Analysis of the collision data points to an over-representation
of urban and high-volume related collision patterns (e.g., rear-end collisions
and over-taking), as well as collisions with snow and ice road surface
conditions and occurring at night (dark). The data collected in the vicinity shows the average
operating speed is well over the posted speed limit. Data shows drivers
will travel upwards of 20km/hr over the posted limit, and that driving
conditions greatly influence this decision – road conditions, road geometry,
signals, vegetation, adjacent lanes of traffic (either oncoming or
same-direction), and presence and proximity of pedestrians and cyclists can all
influence driver behavior. The decision to 4-lane the highway is based on
traffic volumes and the type of highway (see 4-laning justification memo).
Enforcement is an important tool in managing speed and safety and
the public engagement for the Motor Vehicle Act is closed now but did cover
fees and fines, road user safety and enforcement technology. A ‘what we
heard’ document is pending. Also following traffic data
analysis and with consideration for the number of vehicles turning, signalized intersections
are also warranted.
Roundabouts work well when the traffic flow from all directions
is equal… during peak periods (i.e. mornings and afternoon/early
evenings), the traffic entering and exiting the airport precludes the possibility of a roundabout.
Also, roundabouts do not
create ‘gaps’ in the traffic so pedestrians or vehicles wishing to cross a
travel lane at a nearby, uncontrolled intersection, may do so more safely. Further, the topography of the area, drainage, winter
safety and cost of a tunnel at this location, precludes the possibility of a
tunnel at Hillcrest Drive and the Alaska Highway.
The Yukon is changing, and the proposed safety
upgrades address current safety issues within this area, and seek to get ahead
of future trends. For
Whitehorse City, in the most likely scenario (Preferred Projection), the
population is projected to reach 40,600 in 2040, an increase of 12,004 people,
or 42.0%, compared to 2018. Whitehorse’s population would represent 73.1% of
Yukon’s total population in 2040, compared to 70.6% in 2018. It is the responsibility of the government to remain
proactive in addressing safety issues and transportation for the benefit of all
Yukoners, commercial as
well as visitors. The
highway network is essential to our lifestyle and economic diversity.
As with any jurisdiction
in Canada, Alaska Highway traffic data is
standardized to an annual average daily traffic and volumes are adjusted for
the time of year data is collected. Traffic
data is collected along Yukon highways through a multi-year, data collection
program. In addition, in the spring of 2019, a traffic turning data
collection station was set up to collect 48 hours of continuous data at the
intersections of Hillcrest and Burns road. This data is used in signal
warrants, left hand turn lane warrants and to model intersection traffic,
should some highway accesses be closed.
Thank you for your comments! We trust
these responses and the supplemental resources on the highway address your concerns.