The City of Lloydminster is centered along the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 16) and straddles the Alberta/Saskatchewan interprovincial border along Highway 17. As an economic centre along major highways, the City attracts, and is impacted by, the movement and transport of goods and dangerous goods.
The City of Lloydminster, along with ISL, completed a study of the City’s truck routes and dangerous goods routes. The objective was to review and refine options for alternate truck routes and dangerous goods routes within the City and to consult with numerous stakeholders, provide a comprehensive signage plan, and an accompanying cost estimate. The project recognized that changes to the truck routes and dangerous goods routes would require engagement between the City and stakeholders throughout the project to ensure that the City balances the needs and objectives of all stakeholders.
An initial review of the City’s existing policies, regional best practices, current trucking patterns, and the current truck and dangerous goods routes was completed to understand current practices. The need for, location, placement and evaluation of both truck routes and dangerous goods routes within the City of Lloydminster were then assessed. The lack of standardized methodologies for designating truck routes and dangerous goods routes created the need for developing clear guidelines to direct the City of Lloydminster’s future decisions. Individual evaluation frameworks were developed for truck routes and dangerous goods routes which would allow route options to be objectively evaluated.
Feedback received from the Phase One stakeholder and public engagement events was used to create potential route options. Phase Two of the stakeholder and public engagement events were completed to receive feedback on how the potential truck route and dangerous goods route options would impact users and residents. The recommended truck routes and dangerous goods routes were developed using the technical evaluation framework as well as the feedback received from the engagement events and input from City staff.
This presentation and paper will present the process of developing the evaluation frameworks, lessons learned, and final recommendations for truck routes and dangerous goods routes within the City of Lloydminster, following the comprehensive city-wide truck route and dangerous goods route review.