The City is reviewing the concept plan for widening the section of 50 Street, between 76 and 90 Avenue, to improve traffic in this area.
Project Update - February 2018
Members of the project team will be on site throughout February and March to carry out:
- Survey work
- Soil and environmental testing along the corridor to gather background information
Some impacts to traffic are expected, but no full closures on 50 Street will occur. All work is expected to occur during daylight hours.
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 Canada Pacific (CP) Railway crossing along 50 Street, north of Sherwood Park Freeway, ranks among the top 3 priority locations to grade separate in the City based on delays, number of vehicles impacted, 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.
The project will include:
- Widening 50 Street to a six-lane divided roadway from 76 Avenue to 90 Avenue
- Replacement and widening of the existing bridge over Sherwood Park Freeway
- An underpass of the existing CP railway crossing north of Sherwood Park Freeway
- Addition of active modes infrastructure (such as bike and pedestrian paths)
- Relocation of overhead utilities
Approximate study area - does not represent the actual limits of construction
Where We Are
The City is reviewing the previously completed 2010 concept plan and validation should be complete in early 2018. The 2010 concept plan includes:
- Widening 50 Street from 4 to 6 lanes
- Lowering the roadway under the railway crossing
- Replacing the bridge over Sherwood Park Freeway
Constructing an underpass at 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.
Currently, the project is awaiting funding from the federal government and confirmation of funding from the Province. The availability of provincial and federal funding for the underpass will determine construction timelines.
Later in 2018, the project team will be hosting a public event to discuss the project with members of the public.