Planning for a Northeast River Crossing
Early planning is underway for a potential new river crossing over the North Saskatchewan River, in the northeast part of the Edmonton region. The need for this bridge was identified in a 2011 study prepared for the Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board. The Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board plans and coordinates the growth of the Edmonton region. This future bridge would join Edmonton and Strathcona County and connect Highways 15 (Manning Drive) and 21. It would also provide an alternate route over the river and provide better access to Highway 63 leading north. Construction is not expected for another 25 to 35 years.
This project involves a partnership of four municipalities and the Province of Alberta.
The City of Edmonton, City of Fort Saskatchewan, Strathcona County, Sturgeon County, and Alberta Transportation are proceeding with the first step in the planning process for this river crossing: The Northeast River Crossing Functional Planning Study. This study will identify the long term needs of the area, and recommend an approximate location for the future bridge and connecting roads.
This study is being conducted because of the need to complete early strategic planning, but based on current growth in the region, the proposed bridge and its connecting roads will not be constructed for another 25 to 35 years. Land requirements for the future bridge and connecting roads will be identified in the study recommendations.
The study will run from January 2017 to December 2018. It will involve gathering feedback from local stakeholders and the public.
Northeast River Crossing Study Area