Clarence Avenue and Main Street Intersection
Modifications completed at the intersection of Clarence Avenue and Main Street to improve safety
Following a traffic review on Clarence and Main Street, modifications have been made to improve the safety of the intersection for all road users. Modifications include:
- Right turn only lanes for drivers on Main Street at Clarence Avenue. Drivers on Main Street are now required to turn right at the intersection and are no longer able to drive straight through or turn left onto Clarence Avenue.
- A pedestrian signal on the South side of Clarence Avenue to allow crossings on both the North and South side of the intersection.
- Cyclist push buttons on Main Street to activate the pedestrian signals. Cyclists are still permitted to cross Clarence Avenue or turn left onto Clarence Avenue.
Click here for more information on the changes to the intersection.
Thank you to everyone who participated in this project. Public engagement is now closed.
Main St modifications approved to improve safety at Clarence Ave intersection
City Council approved Bylaw No. 9877 The Street Closing Bylaw at it's March 29, 2023 Public Meeting, and the following recommendations:
- That channelization be installed on Main Street to prohibit the eastbound and westbound through and left turn movements at Clarence Avenue.
- That the channelization include a bicycle signal on Main Street.
- That the existing pedestrian-actuated signal be modified to allow pedestrians to cross the south side of Clarence Avenue.
The City of Saskatoon completed a traffic review at Clarence Avenue and Main Street after several residents reached out with concerns about safety at the intersection.
A targeted on-site engagement event was held with local residents most impacted by the proposed channelization on Tuesday, August 23, 2022 at the northeast corner of Clarence Avenue & Main Street to discuss the recommended solution. A second engagement event to collect additional feedback from community members in Nutana and Varsity View on the recommended changes was held on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 at the Albert Community Centre.
Read more about the feedback that was received in our What We Heard Engagement Summary.
To improve safety at the intersection and address collision patterns, channelization on Main Street is recommended. This approach involves modifying the existing medians on Main Street at both approaches to create right turn only lanes. Drivers on Main Street would be required to turn right at the intersection and would no longer be able to drive straight through or turn left onto Clarence Avenue. View Proposed Channelization - Main St & Clarence Ave (PDF).
What We Heard
Based on what we've heard through engagement, the recommendation was updated:
- A pedestrian crossing has been added on the south side of Clarence Avenue.
- Cycling will be considered in the channelization design.