Macleod Trail

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Macleod Trail
Macleod Trail - Calgary.jpg
Macleod Trail in downtown Calgary, 2011
Part of Hwy 2A
Maintained byCity of Calgary, Alberta Transportation
Length27.7 km[1] (17.2 mi)
LocationCalgary, Alberta
North endRiverfront Avenue
Glenmore Trail, Southland Drive, Anderson Road, Stoney Trail
South endHwy 2 (Deerfoot Trail)
Macleod Trail going into downtown Calgary (2010)

Macleod Trail is a major road in Calgary, Alberta. It is a six- to eight-lane principal arterial road extending from downtown Calgary to the south of the city, where it merges into Highway 2. South of Anderson Road, Macleod Trail is an expressway and is slated to be upgraded to a freeway in the future.[citation needed] It is named for its destination to the south, Fort Macleod.

Route description[edit]

Macleod Trail effectively divides the southwest and the southeast quadrants of the city, and many communities (inner city as well as suburban) were developed along its course.[2] Macleod Trail (along with Crowchild Trail and Deerfoot Trail) constitutes one of the three major north-south corridors of the city.[3]

Beginning as a one-way street for northbound traffic (with southbound traffic following 1st Street SE one block to the west), the road passes by Calgary City Hall, Olympic Plaza, the building that housed the former Calgary Central Library, and the EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts. South of downtown, it defines the western edge of the Calgary Stampede grounds, as it passes through the Beltline district, then provides access to Talisman Centre as it runs between the historic inner city communities of Mission and Ramsay. South of Elbow River, Macleod Trail becomes a two-way road and has various motels established on its sides, and Chinook Centre faces the road as it passes between the communities of Meadowlark Park, Kingsland and Fairview. Macleod Trail is lined with commercial developments on both sides for its entire length between Erlton and Lake Bonavista, including strip malls, auto malls, big-box stores and shopping centres such as Southcentre Mall, and Calgary's largest suburban office complex at Southland Park. The southern leg of the C-Train LRT system (Route 201) is also developed along Macleod Trail.

In November 2007, Calgary City Council approved a functional planning study for the portion of Macleod Trail that extends from Anderson Road north to Downtown. Expected recommendations include interchanges at Heritage Drive and Southland Drive, as well as possible traffic signal refinements.[4] In addition, three other interchange locations are planned to be constructed within ten years. They are at the intersection with Lake Fraser Gate, at the intersection with 162 Avenue, and at the intersection with 194 Avenue.[5][6] This would make Macleod Trail a freeway from Anderson Road to nearly the city limits. On August 13, 2017, the first diverging diamond interchange in Canada was opened at 162 Avenue.[7][8][9]

Major intersections[edit]

From north to south:[10]

Calgary0.00.0Riverfront AvenueAt grade; one-way couplets;
northbound traffic follows Macleod Trail,
southbound traffic follows 1 Street SE
0.20.124 Avenue SEWestbound one-way
0.30.195 Avenue SEEastbound one-way; connects to Memorial Drive and Edmonton Trail
0.40.256 Avenue SEWestbound one-way west of Macleod Trail
0.50.31 7 Avenue SECity Hall (C-Train)Transit mall; passes the historic Calgary City Hall
0.60.378 Avenue SE (Stephen Avenue)Pedestrian mall; passes the Calgary Municipal Building and Olympic Plaza
0.70.439 Avenue SEEastbound one-way
0.80.5010 Avenue SE
0.90.5611 Avenue SEWestbound one-way
1.10.6812 Avenue SE – Stampede Park, Scotiabank SaddledomeEastbound one-way
1.40.87 17 Avenue SEVictoria Park/Stampede (C-Train)
1.81.1Crosses the Elbow River
Victoria Bridge (northbound) and Pattison Bridge (southbound)
1.91.2One-way transition; south-to-north U-turn ramp
2.31.4 25 Avenue SE – Erlton/Stampede (C-Train), Stampede Park
3.11.9Spiller RoadNorthbound right in/right out; original alignment of Macleod Trail (pre-1967)[11]
3.32.136 Avenue SE / Mission Road
3.62.2 39 Avenue S – 39 Avenue (C-Train)
3.92.442 Avenue S
4.83.050 Avenue SW
5.73.558 Avenue SW
5.93.7Chinook Centre access roadNo northbound entrance
6.13.8 61 Avenue SW – Chinook Centre, Chinook (C-Train)
6.44.0 Glenmore TrailRockyview General HospitalSingle-point urban interchange (traffic signals)
7.04.371 Avenue S
7.44.675 Avenue SW
7.74.878 Avenue SWGrade separated
8.15.0 Heritage Drive – Heritage (C-Train), Heritage Park
8.55.386 Avenue SE / Hull Avenue
8.95.590 Avenue SE
9.35.894 Avenue SE
9.76.0 Southland Drive – Southland (C-Train)
10.26.399 Avenue S
10.56.5 Southport Road / Willow Park Drive – Anderson (C-Train)
10.86.7 109 Avenue S – Anderson (C-Train), Southcentre MallBecomes an expressway
10.96.8Access roadSouthcentre MallNorthbound right in/right out
11.37.0 Anderson Road to Hwy 1 west / Hwy 2 northPartial cloverleaf interchange
Lake Fraser DriveNorthbound exit only
12.17.5Lake Fraser DriveNorthbound right in/right out
12.57.8Lake Fraser GateNorthbound right in/right out weekdays from 6 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.[12]
13.58.4 Canyon Meadows Drive – Canyon Meadows (C-Train)Partial cloverleaf interchange; also accesses Lake Fraser Drive.
13.78.5Crosses Fish Creek
14.18.8Bannister Road / Shawnee Gate – Fish Creek Provincial ParkSouthbound exit; northbound entrance
14.69.1 James McKevitt Road – Fish Creek – Lacombe (C-Train)Southbound right in/right out
14.99.3149 Avenue SE to Bannister Road – Fish Creek Provincial ParkNorthbound right in/right out; northbound access to James McKevitt Road
15.59.6 Shawnessy Boulevard / Midlake Boulevard – Shawnessy (C-Train)Partial cloverleaf interchange; accesses Shawville Boulevard and Bannister Road.
16.610.3 162 Avenue SE / Sun Valley Boulevard – Somerset-Bridlewood (C-Train)Canada's first Diverging diamond interchange
Shawville BoulevardSouthbound exit only
Stoney Trail (Hwy 201 east)
Spruce Meadows Trail (Hwy 22X west) – Spruce Meadows
Partial cloverleaf interchange (exit 5 on Hwy 201);
cloverstack interchange under construction;
Hwy 2A northern terminus
20.012.4194 Avenue SE
21.213.2210 Avenue SEIntersections are offset by 70 m (230 ft)
↑ / ↓23.314.5 Hwy 552 south (226 Avenue S) – De WintonSouthbound right in/right out
M.D. of Foothills No. 3125.415.8Dunbow Road – De Winton, Heritage PointeNorthbound access to Hwy 552
27.717.2 Hwy 2 north (Deerfoot Trail) – Airport, EdmontonY interchange (exit 225 on Hwy 2);
northbound exit, southbound entrance
Continues as Hwy 2 south / Hwy 2A south – Okotoks, Fort Macleod, Lethbridge
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


Chinook Drive-In

From 1949 to 1958, the Chinook Drive-In was located on McLeod Trail a half mile south of the Calgary city limits.[13]

See also[edit]

Route map:

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  2. ^ City of Calgary (February 2005). "The Calgary Transportation Plan". Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-05-25.
  3. ^ City of Calgary (July 2002). "Transportation System Map". Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-05-25.
  4. ^ Calgary Herald (November 2007). "Alderman Urging Macleod Trail Study". Archived from the original on 2012-11-03. Retrieved 2007-12-03.
  5. ^ City Of Calgary (April 2007). "Calgary Regional Transportation Model Anticipated Projects List 2001-2015" (PDF). Retrieved 2007-12-03.[dead link]
  6. ^ City Of Calgary (April 2007). "Calgary Regional Transportation Model Anticipated Projects List 2020-2035" (PDF). Retrieved 2007-12-03.[dead link]
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  8. ^ "Unique interchange, first of its kind in Canada, opens in south Calgary". CBC News. August 13, 2017.
  9. ^ Yourex-West, Heather (2017-08-14). "Canada's first 'diverging diamond interchange' now open to Calgary traffic - Calgary |". Retrieved 2019-03-07.
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  11. ^ Carter, Beth (April 2011). "Old North Trail" (PDF). Ramsay News. Ramsay Community Association. p. 10. Retrieved December 3, 2016.
  12. ^ "Lake Fraser Gate traffic improvements". City of Calgary. October 10, 2012. Archived from the original on December 20, 2016. Retrieved December 3, 2016.
  13. ^ "Chinook Drive-In". Retrieved 5 September 2019.