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Lane reversal on 5 Avenue comes to an end

Last Updated Jun 10, 2019 at 11:51 am MDT

Cars travelling eastbound on 5th Avenue SW in downtown Calgary. Soon, this will be the only directions drivers can go when the city cancels a lane reversal project on June 10th. Wednesday, May 29th, 2019. (PHOTO: Tom Ross - 660 NEWS)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – As of Monday morning, lane reversal on 5 Avenue SW through the downtown is no more.

As of this morning, there will be no more two-way traffic between 5 and 11 Street and traffic will only go one way, eastbound.

Parking on the street will also not be allowed during the morning and afternoon rush.

The City began the temporary lane reversal in 2015 to help move traffic from 4 and 6 Avenues during the afternoon rush.

It’s estimated there were around 3,500 cars travelling west out of the downtown every hour on these avenues, and the project successfully took around 450 cars off those roads per hour onto 5 Avenue.

The City said while the 5 Avenue lane reversal project was successful, it was too costly to continue.

“It cost about $150,000 a year for the crews to go out and set it up every day,” said Pat Grisak, Senior Leader of Operational Improvement at Roads. “And at a time right now where we are looking to cut and minimize our operating budget as much as we can, it’s simply not viable for us to continue with the expense of operating this at this point in time.”

Grisak said that there was plans for an automated, permanent lane reversal system, but no funding is available for that project.