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Project Area from 156 Street to St. Albert Trail

Check out this map showing proposed changes from 156 Street to St. Albert Trail.

About the Project Area

A concept plan has been developed illustrating the modifications required to remove the 149 Street intersection as part of the Yellowhead Trail Freeway Conversion Program. The project will eliminate the current north/south connection of 149 Street across Yellowhead Trail and includes one-way service roads that run parallel to Yellowhead Trail on the north and south sides.

142 Street and 143 Street on the northside of Yellowhead Trail will be closed, eliminating the current westbound to southbound movement to 142 Street. Eastbound access to 142 Street and St. Albert Trail will be solely from the one way service road on the southside of Yellowhead Trail. There will be ramp modifications to the interchanges at 156 Street and St. Albert Trail to accommodate changes in the traffic patterns.

The concept plan for Yellowhead Trail at 149 Street was developed after an extensive public engagement process in 2014. The City worked closely with a group of area stakeholders and members of the public to review alternatives and develop the recommended plan.

Public Engagement

Engagement information for all of the Yellowhead Trail Freeway Conversion projects can be found at Public Engagement. This includes engagement opportunities and reports for projects that make up the conversion of Yellowhead Trail.

Related Work

Modifications will be made to 3 roads that run parallel to Yellowhead Trail to support new traffic patterns.

128 Avenue - St. Albert Trail to 156 Street

Road changes planned for 128 Avenue:

  • A new sidewalk on the north side of 128 Avenue
  • Intersection improvements for truck turning movements
  • Removal of on-street parking
  • New driving lanes configuration:
    • From 156 Street to 149 Street: One lane of travel in the eastbound direction and two lanes of travel in the westbound direction
    • From 149 Street to St. Albert Trail: One lane of travel in each direction with a centre left turning lane (two-way left turn)

Timeline: Designs were finalized in 2018 with construction planned to start in spring 2019. Construction is currently anticipated to be complete in fall 2019.

Past engagement activities in this area included:

  • Meetings with affected property owners in May 2018
  • A “Coffee Chat” engagement event was held on July 18, 2018 with the purpose of collecting input for construction considerations from local business owners/ operators

A report detailing public engagement was shared at the pre-construction information session in March 2019.

124 Avenue - 142 Street to 149 Street

Road changes planned for 124 Avenue:

  • A new sidewalk on the south side of 124 Avenue
  • Intersection modifications for truck turning movements
  • Removal of on-street parking
  • Removal of the railway crossing
  • New driving lane configuration:
    • One lane of travel in each direction
    • Centre left turning lane (two-way left turn)

Timeline: Designs were finalized in 2018 with construction planned to start in spring 2019. Construction is currently anticipated to be complete in fall 2019.

Past engagement activities in this area included:

  • Meetings with property owners in April 2018
  • A “Coffee Chat” engagement event was held on June 4, 2018 with the purpose of collecting input for construction considerations from local business owners/ operators

There are no further engagement opportunities with this project. A report detailing public engagement was shared at the pre-construction information session in March 2019.

123 Avenue - 142 Street to 156 Street

Road changes planned for 123 Avenue:

  • Widening to accommodate four lanes from 156 Street to 149 Street
  • Intersection improvements for truck movements
  • Addition of a sidewalk

Timeline: Design work will begin in late 2018 with construction tentatively planned to begin in 2020.

Where We Are Now

Design work is underway for changes to 124 Avenue between 142-149 Streets and 128 Avenue between 156 Street and St. Albert Trail. Additional design work will begin in late 2018.

Project Lifecycle Design

Yellowhead Trail Is Changing

Stay informed with program updates and opportunities to have your say in shaping the new Yellowhead Trail.

Project History

October 2015 - Final Concept Plan

The final concept plan was presented to the Transportation Committee on October 7, 2015.

January 2015 - Project Update

The City focused on refining the preferred concept plan for Yellowhead Trail at 149 Street. The preferred concept includes one-way service roads parallel to Yellowhead Trail on the north and south sides. There is no connection proposed for 149 Street across Yellowhead Trail. The City will evaluate the changes that will be required to the surrounding road network to address changes in travel pattern as a result of the proposed plan.

January 2014

The City completed the final stages of a significant public engagement process that resulted in the development and refinement of a preferred option for freeway operation of Yellowhead Trail at 149 Street.

Public Involvement Report
The public engagement process included an Open House in June 2012 with a second open house in September 2013, 11 key stakeholder meetings, discussions with internal and external stakeholders such as CN Rail and utility companies, information bulletins to the community and the establishment of a Stakeholder Input Group (SIG).

This group of area stakeholders worked with City planners to develop ideas for converting Yellowhead Trail at 149 Street to a freeway operation, while retaining reasonable access to the adjacent businesses and the Dovercourt community. The stakeholder group helped to identify and develop:

  • Issues and constraints
  • Evaluation criteria and their relative weighting
  • Interchange and preferred access arrangements

Over the course of several workshops, the stakeholders helped to evaluate and reduce the total number of alternatives.

After significant development and evaluation of alternatives, the City arrived at a recommended configuration for the area based on input received from internal and external stakeholders, as well as Transportation Committee.

This preferred option includes one-way service roads parallel to Yellowhead Trail on the north and south sides. There is no connection proposed for 149 Street across Yellowhead Trail.

September 2013 - Public Meeting

On Tuesday September 17, the City of Edmonton hosted a public meeting to provide information on the recommended concept for free flow operation of Yellowhead Trail at 149 Street.

During the Open House, the public were invited to view the presentation boards and maps, ask questions of our project staff and pick-up project information material.

July 2013 – Transportation Committee

Two freeway options were presented to City Council on July 10, 2013; Freeway Strategy A which includes a ¾ diamond, grade separated interchange and Freeway Strategy B that which includes one-way service roads with right-in/right-out access north and south of Yellowhead Trail as well as improvements to parallel routes on 128 Avenue, 123 Avenue and 124 Avenue.

Presentation to the Transportation Committee of Council
Strategy Option A
Strategy Option B (Preferred Strategy)
Council Report

October 2012 – Project Update

An information bulletin was mailed out to community groups and businesses adjacent to the intersection . The bulletin provided an update on feedback received during the June 2012 Open House and requested comments or suggestions from the public.

June 2012 - Public Open House

A public Open House was held in June 2012 to introduce the project and provide background information. Attendees had the opportunity to learn more about the project and provide comments. Thanks to residents and community stakeholders who attended the June 13, 2012 meeting on the 149 Street Interchange at Yellowhead Trail.

Project Fact Sheet

Open House Overview Presentation – June 2012

For More Information

Yellowhead Trail Freeway Conversion

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Email yellowhead@edmonton.ca

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