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Why doesn’t the Town build a new parkade?
An additional new parkade has been considered, most recently during budget discussions in November 2014; however, council decided to move the decision to build a new parkade to a vote of the electorate when the parking shortfall in Town reaches a deficit of 150 stalls or during the next municipal election in 2017. Preliminary pricing is around $70,000/stall for an elevated parking structure, and initial designs of a 240 stall parkade for Banff come in around $18.4 million. The potential sites include Wolf St (near Bow Ave intersection), Beaver Street North (the fire hall lot) and Beaver Street South (Mount Royal lot). However, with an estimated 10 year parking shortfall of 350 stalls (and an estimated 20 year parking shortfall of 500 stalls) a new parkade would quickly become a short term solution with long-term financial implications.

Traffic Management FAQ

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1. Why not add a fourth lane to the Bow River Bridge?
2. Why not use flaggers to manage traffic on very busy days?
3. Why not build a giant intercept parking lot?
4. Why don’t you remove the mid-block crosswalks on Banff Avenue to eliminate traffic flow interruptions?
5. Why doesn’t the Town build a new parkade?
6. Why don’t you limit the number of cars that cross the Bow River Bridge, similar to the concept of restricting vehicles on the Moraine Lake Road?
7. Why have scramble crosswalk intersections? Don’t they slow traffic movement?
8. How come the pedestrian crossing time at the scramble intersection is 25 seconds long?
9. Large delivery trucks block and/or slow traffic when backing into the alleys. Why doesn't the Town do something about that?
10. Is the Town going to install traffic signals at Buffalo St/ Bear St intersection?
11. Why does the Town report both incoming and outgoing vehicle volumes for entrance traffic counters? Isn't just incoming vehicles that are the problem?