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About the Project

This project was initiated as a result of the Yellowhead Trail Strategic Plan which aims to develop the Yellowhead Trail into a future freeway as approved by City Council in November 2011. A freeway will ensure efficient goods movement across Edmonton and aid in the economic activity across the Capital Region.

As a designated 24 hour Truck Route and Dangerous Goods Route, Yellowhead Trail currently sees significant traffic. However, as Edmonton grows, traffic along Yellowhead Trail is projected to double to over 110,000 vehicles per day by 2044. This growth will exceed the capacity of the route with the current traffic signalization and configuration.

The Yellowhead Trail Strategic Plan aims to improve access and mobility along the corridor as laid out in the goals of the City’s Transportation Master Plan, The Way We Move.

Yellowhead Trail & 149 Street - Area Map

Where We Are Today

The project is advancing toward a recommended concept plan with final refinements being completed. The preferred plan is the culmination of a significant public engagement process that helped define:

  • Issues and constraints
  • Evaluation criteria and their relative weighting
  • Roadway configuration and preferred access arrangements
  • The preferred plan

What's Next

The final concept plan was presented to the Transportation Committee in 2015.

Funding for this project has not been approved at this time. When funding is approved in the future, the next stages of design must be carried out and necessary land acquired before construction will begin.

Timing for Construction

City Council approves the Capital Budget every four years, with the 2015-18 capital budget having been approved in the December 2014. Funding was NOT approved for further design or construction of Yellowhead Trail at 149 Street as part of the 2015 - 2018 Capital Budget. Council directed Administration to consider other methods to obtain funding for improvements to Yellowhead Trail. Administration has submitted an application​ to the federally-run National Infrastructure Component of the New Building Canada Fund for the implementation of the Yellowhead Strategic Plan which includes the construction of the 149 Street intersection. We are awaiting a response to this application.

When future funding for this project is ultimately approved, the next stages of design would begin, along with land acquisition, followed by construction.

Yellowhead Trail is an important people and goods movement corridor in the City of Edmonton and is a priority for transportation through the City. As a result, it is likely improvements at 149 Street will occur within the next 10 years.

For More Information

Yellowhead Trail Freeway Conversion




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