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The City is reconstructing 53 Avenue between Whitemud Drive and 141 Street to maintain safety and efficiency of the road for current and future use. 

Project Update - January 2020

The final plan for the corridor has been completed.

Final Plan

Based on feedback received from residents along 53 Avenue during the design phase, the project team has refined the plan to incorporate public feedback, while meeting City design standards and aligning with current City policies, standards and directives. A What We Heard Report was prepared which summarizes the feedback received. Highlights of the changes to the plan include:

North sidewalk between 141 Street and Whitemud Drive:
The refined plan proposes a 2.3 metre wide sidewalk on the north side of 53 Avenue between 141 Street and 143 Street, instead of the originally proposed shared-use path. A 3 metre wide shared-use path with a boulevard (green space between road and path) is still recommended from 143 Street to Whitemud Drive.

Missing sidewalk connection (south side of 53 Avenue, east of 142 Street):
The design has been adjusted to a 1.5 metre wide sidewalk instead of the original 2.3 metres. As a result, there will be minimal impact to the adjacent properties. Although narrower, the proposed sidewalk will still enhance walkability and accessibility of the area and will improve safety for pedestrians travelling along the corridor.

Roadway Changes:
Some residents along 53 Avenue identified speeding issues, specifically around the cul-de-sac. To address this, the refined plan proposes a narrower roadway and extending the existing median east of 141 Street to discourage speeding along the road.

About the Project

Due to poor condition of the pavement and sidewalks, 53 Avenue, between Whitemud Drive and 141 Street, has been identified for roadway reconstruction. This includes reconstruction of the road, curb, gutters, sidewalks and street lights where necessary, for safety and efficiency. Missing sidewalk links and active modes connections are also identified.

The project team met approximately 80% of property owners within the project area one-on-one in September 2019 to discuss ideas for the road construction and to explore concerns or questions the property owners may have. Through the discussion, some of the key things we heard include:

  • How 53 Avenue is currently used by pedestrians and motorists
  • The importance of front landscaping and an interest in preserving mature trees
  • Concerns about speeding
  • Both agreement and disagreement with the need to add a sidewalk on the south side of 53 Avenue 

Based on the feedback received, the project team further refined the design to meet the current and future needs and desires of the residents. Highlights of the refined plan include:

  • Shared-use path along north side of 53 Avenue between 143 Street to Whitemud Drive in front of the school site
  • Sidewalk along north side of 53 Avenue between 141 Street to 143 Street
  • New sidewalk on the south side of 53 Avenue east of 142 Street
  • Narrower roadway and extension of the median east of 141 Street

Timeline

2020: Construction

2019/2020: Design

Project History

Public Information Event: November 2019

Thank you to everyone who attended the public event on November 26, 2019 to view the refined design and have your questions answered. The 53 Avenue Reconstruction project aims to maintain the safety and efficiency of the road while improving the road condition and providing sidewalks to improve safety for all.

Event Materials:
Display Boards
Project Overview

For More Information

Alejandro Quijano

Title Project Manager
Email Alejandro.Quijano@edmonton.ca

311 Contact Centre

Online Contact 311 Online
Telephone

In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

TTY 780-944-5555

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