The Pilot Butte overpass officially opened to public traffic today, with a unique way of moving traffic through the area.
Crews built a diverging diamond interchange, making it only the second place in Canada to have one.
Assistant Director of Communications Paul Spasoff explains how the interchange works.
“So what happens is as you pull up to the interchange, at traffic lights at those signals, you’ll switch to the opposite sides of the roadway, continue across the bridge on the opposite side of the roadway, and then you cross again at the set of signals at the far end of the bridge.”
Despite traffic moving into the left lane, Spasoff says this actually creates a safer scenario.
“It’s not a safety risk at all, and actually this is a safer design then many of the other ones you see out there,” Spasoff says. “What this does is it eliminates the risk of oncoming traffic, so this going to be an interchange where we see there’s going to be lot of left turns there, so people are going to be able to turn left without worrying about oncoming traffic in terms doing that.”
The interchange completes the east side portion of the Regina bypass, with overpasses now built in White City and Balgonie as well.