Project Update - Fall 2023
Construction of the northbound overpass began in November 2022 and is anticipated to be open to traffic in 2024. Once this structure is built, traffic will be detoured onto this bridge so that work can begin on the southbound structure. Construction on the southbound section of the overpass is anticipated to be completed in 2025.
During construction, 4 lanes of traffic (2 lanes in each direction) will continue to flow on 50 Street. Both northbound and southbound vehicles will use the west side of 50 Street while construction of the northbound overpass is underway on the east side.
We thank everyone for their patience while the overpass construction is underway.
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 50 Street, particularly along the industrial and residential areas south of Sherwood Park Freeway, traffic volumes and congestion at this crossing will continue to increase. The 50 Street widening and railway grade separation will:
Widen 50 Street to a 6 lane divided roadway between Sherwood Park Freeway and 90 Avenue
Create an overpass for vehicles and active transportation over the rail crossing
Construct a shared-use path on the east side of 50 Street
Upgrade the sidewalk on the west side of 50 Street
Design for the area is complete and pre-construction activities begin in 2021 including utility relocation and building the detour that will be used during construction which is anticipated to begin in 2022. The project is expected to be complete by the end of 2026.
Sherwood Park Freeway to 76 Avenue
Reconstruction of 50 Street from Sherwood Park Freeway to 76 Avenue has also been identified. This work will include widening 50 Street to a 6 lane divided roadway, including the shared-use path and sidewalks, relocation of overhead utilities and replacement and widening of the existing 50 Street bridge over Sherwood Park Freeway. This area is currently unfunded and will not be constructed with the north part of 50 Street.