While cyclists in the Tour of Alberta will fly through downtown Edmonton at speeds as high as 80 km/h, drivers and traffic users will see things grind to a halt Tuesday afternoon.
The city is encouraging people to stay downtown to watch the prologue of the event, but if people don’t plan to they are being advised to get out of the core by about 4 p.m.
“We need citizens to be aware that they really need to plan differently that afternoon,” said Ellen Finn, director of civic events.
Emergency access will be maintained, but many roads are being closed and transit routes are being diverted.
Courtesy the City of Edmonton here is a complete list of the road closures and transit detours.
96 Avenue/100 Street (Rossdale), 2 – 8:30 p.m.
107 Street, 3:30 – 9 p.m.
Grierson Hill, 5:15 – 9 p.m.
River Valley Road, 5:15 – 9 p.m
97 Street, 5:15 – 9 p.m.
101 Street, 5:15 – 9 p.m.
102 Avenue/102A Avenue, 5:15 – 9 p.m.
Walterdale Hill and Bridge, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
99 Street south of 102 Avenue, 5:15 – 9 p.m.
99 Street, 102 Avenue to City Hall Parkade (closed August 31 – September 4)
Thirty-seven ETS bus routes will be detoured around the downtown core: 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 12, 14, 15, 16, 52, 62, 64, 70, 81, 82, 83, 85, 86, 88, 90, 100, 109, 111, 112, 120, 125, 134, 135, 140, 151, 160, 161, 162, 197 and 308. Based on traffic conditions, it is possible buses will not be travelling on their scheduled times.
Routes travelling east-west, north of the river
The majority of the east-west routes that normally travel through downtown will detour along 104 Avenue between 109 and 105 Streets.
Routes travelling east-west, south of the river
These bus routes will not be affected, however there may be traffic delays.
Routes travelling north-south
Buses that normally travel northbound through or into the downtown will enter via the Low Level Bridge and turn around at the Westin Hotel. Southbound customers will board at 100 Street and Jasper Avenue by the TELUS Building at bus stop #1542 and travel back across the river on the Low Level Bridge. Routes stopping at bus stop #1542–62, 64, 70, 81, 82, 85, 86 and 90.
Northbound buses that travel close to, but not through, the downtown will detour via James Macdonald Bridge.
Routes 15 and 8, travelling south through downtown will go south on 109 Street, east on 97 Avenue and across the Low Level Bridge.
Route 9 will travel west on 104 Avenue, south on 109 Street, stop at bus stop #1678 for customers to transfer, and continue across the High Level Bridge.
Shuttle bus service
ETS will be providing two shuttle bus routes inside the downtown road closures to take customers to transfer points to connect with southbound buses. Shuttle buses will run on a continuous circuit starting at 5pm.
Shuttle “A” for Routes 7, 8, 15 and 112 will pick up southbound customers at bus stop #1542 (100 Street/Jasper Avenue by TELUS) and travel to bus stop #1351 eastbound on Rossdale Road by 100 Street for southbound connections and to bus stop #2134 by the Low Level Bridge for northbound connections.
Shuttle “B” for Routes 9 and 52 will pick up southbound customers at bus stop #1542 and a temporary bus stop westbound on Macdonald Drive (just after 100 Street by Alberta College) and travel across the Low Level Bridge. Route 9 customers will go to bus stop #1678 southbound on 109 Street/98 Avenue for southbound connections. Route 52 customers will travel to bus stop #1425 westbound at 106 Street/97 Avenue for southbound connections.
LRT will be operating regular weekday service. Staff will be monitoring ridership and adjusting service to meet demand.