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North LRT to NAIT Construction Begins

Future Kingsway/Royal Alex LRT Station will be built and in operation by April 2014.

April 13, 2011

The City is taking the next major step in transforming the way we move in Edmonton with the launch of construction of the North LRT line to NAIT.

Major works will begin on the multi-season construction project to connect premier destinations, such as NAIT and the Royal Alexandra Hospital, with Edmonton’s LRT network by 2014.

“All the pieces are falling into place for a formidable construction effort this spring,” said North LRT Project Manager Brad Smid. “With funding confirmed and a construction management team on board, the route from Churchill Station to NAIT will thrive with construction activity. We are transforming our city as we connect more centres through environmentally friendly and convenient public transit.”

The first major task begins Monday, May 2, when a four-block section of Kingsway between 102 Street and 106 Street closes for six months, until October 15.

“Moving the traffic lanes of Kingsway several metres south will create space for the future Kingsway/Royal Alex LRT Station,” said Smid. “By focusing all the required roadwork on Kingsway to a single construction season, we hope to avoid any traffic impacts during the 2012 and 2013 construction seasons.”

Motorists and buses will detour from Kingsway using 111 Avenue and/or 101 Street. Pedestrian access will be maintained along the south side of Kingsway, with crossings of Kingsway at 102 Street and 106 Street and/or 111 Avenue.

Other 2011 construction activities—such as relocating utilities, removing buildings, road construction and tunnelling on 105 Avenue—are tentatively scheduled to begin in late summer.

Recently confirmed funding from other orders of government mean the City of Edmonton has partners at the table to help pay for the extension from Churchill Station to NAIT.

For more information:

Graeme McElheran

Transportation Services
City of Edmonton

Title Senior Communications Advisor
Telephone

780-944-6485

Email graeme.mcelheran@edmonton.ca