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This project moves into the preliminary design stage. Road widening and overpass construction will start in 2022.

Project Update - September 2020

The concept plan for phase 1 of the 50 Street Widening and CPR Rail Grade Separation project has been finalized. Plans include:

  • Widening 50 Street from Sherwood Park Freeway to 90 Avenue

  • Overpass at the CP Rail Crossing

  • Shared-use path on the east side of 50 Street

  • Sidewalk on west side of 50 Street

The project now moves into the preliminary design stage. The preliminary design is expected to be finalized in 2021. Pre-construction (for example, utility relocation) begins in 2021. Construction is expected to begin in 2022, with an anticipated completion in 2026.

The preliminary design, along with project updates, will be shared in fall 2020. All opportunities to review and ask questions about the design will take place within a COVID-19 compliant framework. Watch for more information coming soon.

Fall 2020 Newsletter

About the Project

50 Street provides access to adjacent developing industrial areas and functions as a major north-south commuter and goods movement corridor. Currently, the at-grade Canadian Pacific (CP) Railway crossing along 50 Street, north of Sherwood Park Freeway, is identified as the City’s top priority location for grade separation based on delays, traffic impact, frequency of train crossings and other factors.

With ongoing development along the 50 Street corridor, particularly along the industrial and residential areas south of Sherwood Park Freeway, traffic volumes and congestion at this crossing will continue to increase.

Phases

In 2018, the City performed planning and design studies, secured funding, and initiated stakeholder outreach and public engagement activities. The project will be completed in 2 phases:

Phase 1 (funded)

  • Widening 50 Street to a 6-lane divided roadway from Sherwood Park Freeway to 90 Avenue NW
    • Addition of active modes infrastructure (such as bikes and pedestrian paths)
    • Relocation of overhead utilities
  • Grade separation of the CP Railway crossing north of Sherwood Park Freeway (at 82 Avenue)

Phase 2 (currently unfunded)

  • Widening 50 Street to a 6-lane divided roadway from Sherwood Park Freeway to 76 Avenue NW
    • Addition of active modes infrastructure (such as bikes and pedestrian paths)
    • Relocation of overhead utilities
  • Replacement and widening of existing 50 Street bridge over Sherwood Park Freeway

Project History

Preliminary Design - June 2019

The City is finalizing the preliminary design which is anticipated to be completed in 2019. The preliminary design includes:

  • Widening 50 Street from 4 to 6 lanes

  • Grade separating the CP railway crossing

  • Replacing the bridge over Sherwood Park Freeway

Grade separating the railway tracks and widening 50 Street will accommodate existing and future traffic demands as well as remove any delays that now exist at the railway crossing.

Public Engagement Summary for Phase 1 - August 2018

The City has compiled a summary of recurring themes from stakeholder and public input received on the project.

50 Street What We Heard Summary

Geotechnical work - July 2018

Geotechnical work was done summer 2018 including drilling holes as part of the geotechnical investigations required for the grade separation of the rail crossing.

This and other field work continued throughout the months of July, August and September to gather background information on the area, helping to determine how the railway grade separation could be designed and constructed.

Public Information Session - June 2018

The City held a drop-in public information session to share details about the project and answer questions on June 26, 2018 at The King's University.

Event Materials:
Fact Sheet
Display Boards

Project Update - May 2018

On May 15, 2018, the City welcomed the federal government’s commitment to provide funding required to grade separate the 50 Street and Canada Pacific Railway crossing just north of Sherwood Park Freeway. With this announcement, construction of the grade separation is expected to begin in 2019 with utility work happening first.

News Release

Concept Plans - 2010

Concept plans for this project were prepared in 2010 and have been validated, but are not yet final. The 2010 plans indicate project limits extending from 90 Avenue to Whitemud Drive, while the project limits in the current study extend from 90 Avenue to 76 Avenue only. The 2010 plans include the widening concept plan and the grade separation concept plan.

For More Information

Jamie Bartsch

Telephone

780-423-4859

Email Jamie.Bartsch@edmonton.ca

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