Gateway Boulevard Reconstruction and Rehabilitation
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Rehabilitation (University Avenue to 80 Avenue) and reconstruction (80 Avenue to 82 Avenue) of Gateway Boulevard is underway and anticipated to be complete by fall 2023.
Project Update - December 2022
Construction work on Gateway Boulevard from University Avenue to 82 Avenue will resume in the spring of 2023. Work will primarily consist of the reconstruction of the roadway and pedestrian areas between 80 Avenue and 82 Avenue. Some limited carry-over work will take place south of 80 Avenue in the spring of 2023.
About the Project
Gateway Boulevard enters the City as Highway 2 from the City’s south corporate limit. It is the main entrance and corridor into the heart of Edmonton, including Old Strathcona, the river valley and downtown. North of 23 Avenue, the freeway portion of Gateway Boulevard ends and becomes a major arterial roadway. Between University Avenue and 80 Avenue, Gateway Boulevard is a 4-lane roadway that transitions into a 3-lane roadway north of 80 Avenue. Between 81 and 82 Avenue (Whyte Avenue), the roadway accommodates 3 lanes of traffic with a right turn lane and on-street parking on the west side.
The City has funding for the rehabilitation of Gateway Boulevard between University Avenue and 80 Avenue. The rehabilitation involves replacing ‘like-with like’ for the roadway, with some curb and gutter repair and some sidewalk repair.
80 Avenue and 82 Avenue Reconstruction
The City has funding available for reconstruction of Gateway Boulevard between 80 Avenue and 82 Avenue. Reconstruction, which includes opportunities for improvements, is scheduled to begin in 2023.
Construction on Gateway Boulevard from 80 Avenue to 82 Avenue will begin
Construction on Gateway Boulevard from University Avenue to 80 Avenue
Construction for the rehabilitation section of the project, University Avenue to 80 Avenue, is expected to begin mid-August. The reconstruction of 80 Avenue to 82 Avenue (Whyte Avenue) is scheduled to begin in 2023. The project is anticipated to be complete by fall 2023.
Two lanes of traffic will remain open on Gateway Boulevard. Please travel with care.
Concept plans for both the rehabilitation (University Avenue to 80 Avenue) and reconstruction (80 Avenue to 82 Avenue) are complete and in preliminary design. The draft preliminary design for the Gateway Boulevard Reconstruction is complete and the draft preliminary design for the Gateway Boulevard Rehabilitation is ongoing. Stakeholder discussions for the reconstruction between 80 Avenue to 82 Avenue will continue throughout summer 2021 to refine the plan from input, technical requirements and funding. Construction for both the rehabilitation and reconstruction is anticipated to begin next spring.
The Draft Concept Plan for Gateway Boulevard is ready for viewing. Proposed changes are subject to funding approval.
Proposed new sidewalk on the east side of the road between 80 Avenue and 82 Avenue
Proposed curb extensions at 82 Avenue intersection and 81 Avenue intersection
Proposed sidewalk widening on the west side of the road between 81 Avenue and 82 Avenue to enhance pedestrian space and provide an amenity zone for potential landscaping
The trade off for these features is removal of on street parking on the west side of Gateway Boulevard
What We Did
The City hosted virtual discussions about the overall concept plan with adjacent property owners and business tenants in early September 2020, and informed the Strathcona Business Improvement Area (BIA) and 3 surrounding community leagues.
The proposed plan also reflects what was heard in these meetings:
A drop-off zone added on Gateway Boulevard, on the west side between 81 Avenue and 82 Avenue, which will allow for commercial deliveries and pickups for businesses along Gateway Boulevard. The drop-off zone could potentially accommodate for 2 passenger vehicles, or 1 large delivery vehicle. The drop-off zone will be signed as a 15 minute loading zone 24/7.
Parking is an acknowledged concern. The City will continue to work with the area business association to develop parking and parking strategies in the area.
In 2019, the City completed the internal review and assessment of the vision for this section of Gateway Boulevard. With the reconstruction (80 Avenue to 82 Avenue) concept design stage beginning, the City is engaging with impacted property owners and affected business tenants in the corridor identified along the project area.