John Laurie Boulevard
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John Laurie Boulevard
John Laurie Boulevard
McKnight Boulevard
Length22.7 km (14.1 mi)[1]
LocationCalgary, Alberta
John Laurie Boulevard
Length10.5 km (6.5 mi)[1]
West endArbour Lake Drive /
Arbour Lake Road
Nose Hill Drive
Sarcee Trail
Shaganappi Trail
14 Street NW
East end48 Avenue NW /
McKnight Boulevard
McKnight Boulevard
Former name(s)48 Avenue N
Length12.2 km (7.6 mi)[1]
West end48 Avenue NW /
John Laurie Boulevard
Centre Street N
Edmonton Trail
Deerfoot Trail
Barlow Trail
Métis Trail / 36 Street NE
52 Street NE
Stoney Trail (Hwy 201)
East endCalgary City Limits

John Laurie Boulevard / McKnight Boulevard is a major east-west arterial road and expressway in north Calgary, Alberta. The two roadways function together as a major crosstown route between the northwest and northeast quadrants and are part of Calgary's Skeletal Road Network.[2][3]

Route description

John Laurie Boulevard

John Laurie Boulevard from the community of Arbour Lake as an arterial road and passes through the communities of Hawkwood and Ranchlands with a speed limit of 60 km/h (37 mph). At Ranchlands Boulevard, it begins to transition to an expressway with the speed limit increasing to 70 km/h (43 mph) and becomes an expressway east of Sarcee Trail. John Laurie Boulevard continues east along the southern edge of Nose Hill Park to its eastern terminus at McKnight Boulevard.[4]

The road is named for John Lee Laurie, a prominent educator and political activist in Calgary, best known for First Nations advocacy.[5]

McKnight Boulevard

McKnight Boulevard begins in the northwestern community of North Haven at a T-intersection with John Laurie Boulevard and 48 Avenue NW as a four lane arterial road and continues east, with speed limits ranging between 50 and 60 km/h (31-37 mph). East of Deerfoot Trail (Highway 2), McKnight Boulevard becomes an expressway, with speed limits ranging between 70 and 80 km/h (43-50 mph), to the city limits east of Stoney Trail NE (Highway 201).[4]

It is named for William Lidstone McKnight (1918-1941), a World War II flying ace with the Royal Air Force who had spent much of his childhood in Calgary before disappearing shortly after the Battle of Britain in combat.[6] Prior to the road being renamed in his honour, the portion of the road west of what is now Deerfoot Trail conformed to Calgary's street numbering system, and was known as 48 Avenue N, while the eastern portion was part of Edmonton Trail until the city's road network in the northeast portion of the city was revised in the 1960s.


Increased traffic along John Laurie and McKnight Boulevards has led to increased demands for improvements along the corridor. The City of Calgary has identified the intersection of 12 Street NE, just east of Deerfoot Trail, for a future interchange location; however, no timeline has been set for construction.[7] There has also been renewed demand to improve the John Laurie Boulevard / McKnight Boulevard / 48 Avenue NW intersection; an interchange was proposed in 2005 but ultimately went unfunded.[8][9]

Major intersections

From west to east.[4] The entire route is in Calgary.

0.00.0Continues as Arbour Lake Road
Arbour Wood Close, Arbour Lake DriveJohn Laurie Boulevard western terminus
0.90.56Nose Hill DriveTraffic signals
1.40.87Hawkwood Drive, Ranchero DriveTraffic signals
2.11.3Hawkwood Hill, Ranchlands BoulevardTraffic signals
2.81.7Hawkwood BoulevardTraffic signals
3.11.9Sarcee TrailTraffic signals
4.22.6Edgemont Boulevard, 53 Street NWTraffic signals
4.72.9Edgemont DriveTraffic signals
5.43.4Shaganappi TrailTraffic signals
6.03.7Brenner Drive
6.54.0Brisebois Drive
7.54.7Charleswood Drive
8.45.219 Street NW
9.35.814 Street NWSingle-point urban interchange
48 Avenue NWT-intersection
John Laurie Boulevard eastern terminus o McKnight Boulevard western terminus
0.90.564 Street NWTraffic signals
1.50.93Centre Street NTraffic signals
2.11.34 Street NE, Edmonton TrailTraffic signals
Deerfoot Trail  - Calgary International AirportPartial cloverleaf interchange; exit 261 on Hwy 2
3.52.2Aviation Boulevard, 12 Street NETraffic signals
4.12.5Aviation RoadWestbound right-in/right-out
5.23.2McCall Way, 19 Street NETraffic signals
5.93.7Barlow TrailTraffic signals
Métis Trail / 36 Street NECloverleaf interchange
8.45.247 Street NETraffic signals
9.05.6Falconridge Boulevard, 52 Street NETraffic signals
10.66.668 Street NETraffic signals
Stoney Trail (Hwy 201)Partial cloverleaf interchange; exit 74 on Hwy 201
12.27.6Continues as Township Road 250 to Conrich and CN Intermodal terminal
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also

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  1. ^ a b c d Google (May 2, 2017). "John Laurie Blvd and McKnight Blvd in Calgary, Alberta" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ "2016 Average Daily (24hr) Weekday Traffic Volume" (PDF) (Map). City of Calgary. April 5, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ Calgary Transportation Plan (Report). City of Calgary. September 2009. p. D-1. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ a b c Sherlock Publishing (2014). Sherlock's Map of Calgary (Map) (16th ed.). Langdon, AB: Sherlock Publishing. pp. 8-9, 17-22. ISBN 1-895229-80-4.
  5. ^ Foran, Max (1987). Citymakers: Calgarians after the frontier. Calgary: Historical Society of Alberta, Chinook Country Chapter. p. 263. ISBN 0-88925-725-6.
  6. ^ Cole, Yolande (November 10, 2016). "Landmarks honour veterans". Calgary Herald. Archived from the original on November 10, 2016. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ "McKnight Boulevard Transportation Study". Transportation Planning. City of Calgary. December 9, 2013. Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ Ferguson, Eva (April 15, 2017). "North Haven residents want action on increasingly dangerous northwest intersection". Calgary Herald. Postmedia. Retrieved 2017.
  9. ^ Tighe, Tony (April 18, 2017). "Northwest Calgary residents want improvements to 'dangerous' intersection". Global News. Corus Entertainment Inc. Retrieved 2017.

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