Permanent closure of Mount Royal University inner ring road
Starting June 30, 2017, for safety reasons Mount Royal will permanently close two sections of Mount Royal Circle, an inner campus road that goes around our main building.
Download a map of the area.
We realize the road closures will be an inconvenience for some, but it is a necessary step to ensure safety of pedestrians on campus.
With increasing development in the neighbourhood, the number of vehicles cutting through the campus, frequently at higher speeds, continues to rise. There have been many near misses involving pedestrians and vehicles.
If you have questions regarding this road closure, during business hours please contact Jonathan Anderson, Community Relations Officer at 403.440.5187 or firstname.lastname@example.org and after hours the Security Desk at 403.440.5900 or email@example.com.
Frequently asked questions
The ring road is Mount Royal Circle SW. It is the inner road that connects to parking lots and that circles the main Lincoln Park building.
The changes take effect on June 30. The timing coincides with the start of MRU Kids camps, when hundreds of children come to campus. The road closures create a safer environment for campers and other pedestrians.
Two sections are closing.
The first is the section between the West Residence and the T-intersection with Mount Royal Gate to the east.
The second is the section of ring road to the right of the East Gate road entrance, from the Riddell Library and Learning Centre to the East Residence parking entrance. (See map above.)
They’re being closed for the safety of pedestrians. With increasing development in the neighbourhood, the number of vehicles cutting through the campus, frequently at high speeds, continues to rise. There have been many near misses involving pedestrians and vehicles. The safety of pedestrians on campus is paramount. Other campuses have experienced the same problem and by closing inner roads were able to improve safety.
We realize that the road closures will inconvenience some members of our campus community, and we apologize for this inconvenience. The move is necessary for safety reasons. The outer roads that surround our campus -- Richardson Way and Richard Road -- remain open and are not that much farther a drive than the inner road.
To minimize the inconvenience, parking lots will remain accessible, bus routes won’t change and new signage will help redirect traffic.
The gates can be lifted in an emergency to allow access to first-responders, such as police, firetrucks and ambulances. The gates may also be lifted in special occasions, such as when students are moving into Residence.
Yes. Foot traffic is increasing on our growing campus and the safety of pedestrians is paramount.
The gates will be lifted for specific move days and vehicles will be allowed to park along that stretch of road for students to unload their belongings.
There are no plans today to close more of the road. This is the extent of the closure we feel is necessary for safety at this time.
No. Calgary Transit buses will continue to have the same access as today. On both the west and east sides of campus, bus stops and routes will stay where they are. Short-term drop-off and pickup zones are also unaffected. Vehicles will still be able to enter and exit our campus on each side; they are just no longer able to cross campus.
Notice of the permanent road closure has been reported to both Google Maps and Waze. Once our change is accepted the road closure will be published on both mapping services.
Cyclists can continue to use the inner ring road. Bike traffic can be accommodated between the curb and barrier.
The Fire Department told us where to place the barriers to ensure full access to fire hydrants in an emergency.