Project Update - January 2015
Transportation Planning is focusing on refining the preferred concept plan for Yellowhead Trail at 149 Street. The preferred concept includes one-way service roads parallel to Yellowhead Trail on the north and south sides. There is no connection proposed for 149 Street across Yellowhead Trail. Transportation Planning is currently evaluating the changes that will be required to the surrounding road network to address changes in travel pattern as a result of the proposed plan.
The recommended plan for Yellowhead Trail at 149 Street was developed after an extensive public engagement process. The City worked closely with a group of area stakeholders and members of the public to review alternatives and develop the recommended plan.
The City is in the final stages of a significant public engagement process that has resulted in the development and refinement of a preferred option for freeway operation of Yellowhead Trail at 149 Street.
To date, the public engagement process has included an Open House in June 2012 with a second open house in September 2013, 11 key stakeholder meetings, discussions with internal and external stakeholders such as CN Rail and utility companies, information bulletins to the community and the establishment of a Stakeholder Input Group (SIG).
This group of area stakeholders worked with City planners to develop ideas for converting Yellowhead Trail at 149 Street to a freeway operation, while retaining reasonable access to the adjacent businesses and the Dovercourt community. The stakeholder group helped to identify and develop:
- Issues and constraints
- Evaluation criteria and their relative weighting
- Interchange and preferred access arrangements
Over the course of several workshops, the stakeholders helped to evaluate and reduce the total number of alternatives.
After significant development and evaluation of alternatives, the City has arrived at a recommended configuration for the area based on input received from internal and external stakeholders, as well as Transportation Committee.
September 2013 - Public Meeting
On Tuesday, September 17, the City of Edmonton hosted a public meeting to provide information on the recommended concept for free flow operation of Yellowhead Trail at 149 Street.
During the Open House, the public was invited to view the presentation boards and maps, ask questions of our project staff and pick-up project information material. If you missed the Open House please review the following materials presented at the meeting.
July 10, 2013 – Transportation Committee
Two freeway options were presented to City Council; Freeway Strategy A which includes a ¾ diamond, grade separated interchange and Freeway Strategy B that which includes one-way service roads with right-in/right-out access north and south of Yellowhead Trail as well as improvements to parallel routes on 128 Avenue, 123 Avenue and 124 Avenue.
October 2012 – Project Update
An information bulletin was mailed out to community groups and businesses adjacent to the intersection . The bulletin provided an update on feedback received during the June 2012 Open House and requested comments or suggestions from the public.
June 2012 - Public Open House
A public Open House was held in June 2012 to introduce the project and provide background information. Attendees had the opportunity to learn more about the project and provide comments. Thanks to residents and community stakeholders who attended the June 13, 2012 meeting on the 149 Street Interchange at Yellowhead Trail.