- Sep 22, 2015
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- Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Southwest island of congestion a test case for Edmonton and key election battle
On Terwillegar Drive, drivers stick to the on-off ramps, zipping up and down from traffic light to traffic light.
That’s because on-off ramps are all Edmonton ever built of the mighty Terwillegar freeway – originally designed as a free-flow corridor to open southwest Edmonton and run straight past the airport.
Development went ahead, filling up the tableland between Whitemud Creek and the North Saskatchewan River, stretching farther south faster than anyone imagined. But Terwillegar freeway didn’t follow.
Now 30 years later — with annexation and more growth looming — the community has had enough. One collision on a major road can snarl traffic five kilometres away, and it does, regularly, forcing some residents to leave for appointments an hour early because they have no faith in the roads.