Range Road and Two Mile Hill Road - Intersection Improvements

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Range Road-Two Mile Hill Intersection

Overview

The City of Whitehorse has retained Associated Engineering to conduct a study and develop conceptual designs for the intersection of Range Road and Two Mile Hill Road. The objective of this study is to assess the intersection conditions and develop improvement options to make walking, cycling, transit, and driving at the intersection easier, safer, and more enjoyable.

As part of the study, residents were invited to provide comments and observations on the existing intersection and provide feedback on the improvement options.

Survey 

A survey was open from August 18 until September 14, 2020.

Draft Report

Click here to review the Range Road and Two Mile Hill Road Intersection Study Draft Report

Webinar

A webinar was hosted on Monday, August 31, 2020.

Conceptual Options

Option 1

Range Road-Two Mile Hill Intersection Option 1

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  • Current vehicle lane configuration on both Range Road and Two Mile Hill Road.
  • Prohibits right-turn on red to reduce conflicts between pedestrians/cyclists and vehicles.
  • Separated walking and cycling crossing facilities.
  • Curb extensions and high-visibility crossings to reduce crossing distances for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles.
  • Transit priority is given at the signal to reduce transit delay.

Option 2

Range Road-Two Mile Hill Intersection Option 2

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  • Separated walking and cycling crossing facilities.
  • Changes to traffic signal timing to follow “split phasing” which make through, right, and left-turn movements at one leg move at the same time while traffic at all other legs wait. This reduces potential conflicts between pedestrians/cyclists and turning vehicles.
  • Westbound bus queue jump lane (with allowing right turn traffic) to reduce the transit delay.
  • Additional eastbound through lane to accommodate the additional queue for the updated traffic signal timing. This increases the crossing distances for cyclists and pedestrians (8 and 7 lanes on Two Mile Hill Road east and west legs, respectively).

Option 3

Range Road-Two Mile Hill Intersection Option 3

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  • Separated walking and cycling crossing facilities.
  • High-visibility pavement markings and signage to bring attention to pedestrian/cycling and vehicle conflict zones between the right-turn islands and curbs.
  • Westbound bus queue jump lane (with allowing right-turn traffic) is proposed to reduce transit delay.
  • Right-turn islands for the northbound and southbound right-turn lanes. This may increase conflicts of cyclists and right-turn traffic on Range Road.

Contact Information

If you have any additional comments or concerns, please contact Taylor Eshpeter, Engineering Services Manager:

Frequently Asked Questions

How will this project integrate with adjacent pedestrian and cycling facilities?

The proposed Range Road and Two Mile Hill Road intersection improvements are anticipated to integrate with existing and future transportation connections on Range Road north and south of the intersection. The design of facilities beyond the intersection boundaries are ultimately outside of the scope of this project and will be addressed in future City projects.

Range Road north of the intersection is designated as an AAA (all ages and abilities) cycling and pedestrian route as per the Bicycle Network Plan (Urban Systems, 2018). The conceptual and detail design of this intersection is to be determined at a later date subject to project funding and public consultation.

Extension of the multi-use path on Range Road south of the intersection has been identified by City Engineering Services Staff for design and construction in 2021, however is subject to the City's budget approval process for projects.

How far along is this project?

Usually transportation projects go through the following project phases: preliminary design, conceptual design, detail design, and construction/implementation.  

The project is currently at the end of the conceptual design phase. The conceptual design is intended to provide a specific framework for the detail design phase.

The detail design and construction phases for this intersection have been proposed for 2021 and 2022, respectively, by City Engineering Services Staff, however are subject to the City's budget approval process for projects.

How will my input be used in this project?

Public input from the survey will be used to help select a preferred conceptual design option. This option will then be used as the basis for detail design of the intersection.

Is this exactly what will be built?

Not necessarily! The detail design phase provides opportunity for refinement, enhancement, and development of conceptual design ideas and public feedback.

What is the best way to provide my feedback towards this project and the proposed conceptual design?

The best way to ensure your input is considered for the project is to fill out the survey for the project. See link at the top of this page to complete the survey.

How do cyclists complete left turns at this intersection?

Cyclists are to make left turns at the intersection by completing a "two-stage left turn." Use of two-stage left turning boxes or protected queuing areas are in line with best transporation engineering practice and design and maximize safety, comfort, and ease of use by cyclists and overall traffic performance.

Design of two-stage left turn boxes or queuing areas for cycling will be explored in detail at the detail design phase of the project.