Public Engagement - November/December 2018
In November and December 2018, the City hosted two public engagement events to share the draft expressway plan. Previous feedback was used in the development of the draft plan and provided input on the plans for transit, pedestrians and cyclists.
Project Update - November 2018
Following a motion from the Urban Planning Committee, the City has developed a draft expressway plan for Terwillegar Drive. An expressway is a high-capacity, relatively high-speed roadway which includes widely spaced signalized intersections. The draft plan includes improvements to address community priorities and previous direction from City Council, including:
- Widening the road to 4 lanes in each direction
- Widening of existing signalized intersections with consideration for Smart Adaptive Smart Signal Controls
- Potential for dedicated transit lanes and bus stops
- Shared-use path on the east side of Terwillegar Drive with connections across major intersections
- Continue naturalization on the corridor with the potential for additional localized tree planting
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 recommend staging and provide cost estimates for consideration in upcoming capital budget cycles, including the 2019-2022 Capital Budget. The design of the first stage of improvements, which will be recommended as part of this study, is also included.
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.
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 1980's 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 goal is to accommodate all users locally and regionally, safely and efficiently, and to alleviate corridor congestion.
The timeline has been revised to reflect the new direction of the project based on the motion from the Urban Planning Committee.
Anticipated decision by City Council on funding for the initial stage of the expressway.
Late Spring 2019
Phase 3 Public Information Sessions - report back on what we heard in Phase 2 and share the expressway plan.
Construction (if funding is approved)
Keep up-to-date with the project and receive notices of upcoming public events.