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The City is preparing to convert Terwillegar Drive into a freeway between Whitemud Drive and Anthony Henday Drive.

The concept will include recommended staging and timing of upgrades to accommodate increased traffic, reduce congestion and improve safety.

As part of this study, the City anticipates to complete preliminary design of a grade separation at Bulyea Road/40 Avenue.

Project Update - January 2018

Public Engagement

On January 24, the City held an open house to engage with residents, businesses, communities and other stakeholders during the initial steps of the concept study. Attendance was high with over 480 interested citizens taking this opportunity to view the draft freeway design options and share their input.

Meeting Materials:

Display Boards
Guide to Design Options

North Section:

Option A
Option B

Central Section:

Option A
Option B
Option C
Option D
Option E

South Section:

Option A
Option B

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About the Study

This study involves the development of an updated concept plan for the Terwillegar Drive corridor between Whitemud Drive and Anthony Henday Drive. The study will provide cost estimates for consideration in upcoming capital budget cycles.

The project scope includes upgrades to the Haddow Drive, 23 Avenue, Rabbit Hill Road and Bulyea Road/40 Avenue intersections. The Anthony Henday Drive/Terwillegar Drive interchange is considered in a separate study.

The concept plan will build on previous studies and consider:

  • Anticipated traffic volumes in southwest Edmonton
  • Access to and from Terwillegar Drive
  • Off-site impacts
  • The environment
  • Community input
  • Roadway elements like noise walls and landscaping

All modes of transportation are being considered: vehicles, transit, trucks and active modes such as cycling.

The study will recommend timing for interim and ultimate upgrades and project staging on Terwillegar Drive, including Bulyea Road/40 Avenue interchange.

The updated concept plan will be presented to City Council in Spring 2018. Following plan approval, preliminary engineering of the Bulyea Road/40 Avenue interchange is expected to be completed by Fall 2018.

Project Timeline

Fall 2017 - Spring 2018
Concept Planning Study Update

Winter 2018
Public Event 1 (gather feedback on options)

Spring 2018
Public Event 2 (gather feedback on recommended option)
Present concept planning study for Council approval

Spring-Fall 2018
Preliminary engineering for Bulyea Road/40 Avenue Interchange


Terwillegar Drive is a key north-south route that has exceeded its transportation capacity. It is also an important connector to 170 Street, which will become a future freeway from 41 Avenue to Leduc.

Terwillegar Drive was originally envisioned in the 1980s as a free-flowing road to accommodate travel demands within southwest Edmonton. The travel demand already exceeds capacity, causing users to experience delays, collisions and emit more greenhouse gases. The City’s Transportation Master Plan and Transportation Systems Bylaw 15101 both support the freeway conversion.

The ultimate freeway conversion goals are to accommodate all users locally and regionally, safely and efficiently, and to alleviate corridor congestion.

For More Information

Christopher Wintle

Title Project Manager



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