Transportation Activities in Spruce Grove Today

Last updated: Sep. 22, 2011 at 1:57 PM

Existing road traffic volumes

Existing traffic volumes in Spruce Grove range from a few hundred vehicles per day on a local street to tens of thousands of vehicles a day on arterial streets and highways. Average weekday traffic volumes on Highway 16 range between 30,000 and 36,000 vehicles per day while average weekday traffic volumes on Highway 16A range between 23,000 and 31,000 vehicles per day. Most of the traffic on both of these facilities does not originate in Spruce Grove.

Traffic volumes on arterial roads range from about 7,000 vehicles per day along Grove Drive to nearly 17,000 vehicles per day along Jennifer Heil Way. Collector roads carry daily traffic volumes ranging between 2,000 and 7,000 vehicles per day.

Truck volumes are heavy on Highway 16 but lighter on Highway 16A and arterial roads such as Jennifer Heil Way and Century Road. Commercial truck volumes along McLeod Avenue also illustrate the delivery of goods to high density retail commercial zones.

Existing transit passenger volumes

Currently Spruce Grove is served by a single transit route designed primarily for Edmonton-bound commuters. ETS Route 197 provides direct service between Spruce Grove and Edmonton via Highway 16 with stops at NAIT, Downtown Edmonton, and the University of Alberta. The route operates only during weekday peak commuter periods; effectively 5:00 to 7:00 am and 3:30 to 7:00 pm. Within Spruce Grove, Route 197 travels in a counter-clockwise loop, which takes approximately 30 minutes to complete; many transit users board and alight near the head of the loop at Grove and Century to avoid circling around the community for 30 minutes.

Approximately 350 person-trips per weekday are accommodated by transit between Spruce Grove and Edmonton. Ridership shows a significant seasonal variation, lower in April through August and December which may reflect post-secondary ridership.

2010 average daily ridership by month 

2010 average daily ridership by month.

Existing cyclist and pedestrian traffic volumes

We currently have no traffic volumes for bicycle traffic. Pedestrian traffic volumes have been recorded at key intersections where vehicular traffic counts were collected. These counts may not represent the highest activity areas for pedestrians since the counts were only related to crossings of roads.

The intersection of Woodhaven-Brookwood Drive and King Street is identified as having the most pedestrian activity with about 500 pedestrian crossings per day. This intersection is close to two schools, three bus stops, and a number of apartment buildings; also, a trail paralleling King Street crosses Woodhaven-Brookwood Drive at this location.