On July 8, 2020, the Government of Alberta announced funding for expanding Terwillegar Drive. The investment provides construction funding towards the south portion of Stage 1, from Anthony Henday Drive to Rabbit Hill Road, the shared-use path on the east side of Terwillegar Drive, the pedestrian/cyclist bridge and Stage 3.
With this announced funding and previously approved funding in the 2019-2022 Capital Budget, all 3 stages of the Terwillegar Drive upgrades can advance to construction, improving vehicle capacity, reducing congestion and delays and improving the accommodation of transit users, pedestrians and cyclists.
Following the funding announcement, the City is continuing to refine the staging plan for the expansion of Terwillegar Drive as planning and design progresses. The City is continuing to advance planning and design of Stages 1 and 2 and is currently conducting a technical study to further refine the concept plans for Stage 2.
A study has also been initiated to develop a concept plan for the pedestrian/cyclist bridge over Whitemud Drive. After analyzing public input from previous engagement, upcoming public engagement will provide opportunities to refine the bridge concept. Preparations are underway to begin the planning and design of Stage 3.
Site preparations for the construction of Stage 1 begin in September 2020 between 40 Avenue and Rabbit Hill Road. The preconstruction activities will take place until late fall 2020. Construction on Stage 1, between Rabbit Hill Road and Whitemud Drive, will begin spring 2021.
Preliminary design of Stage 2 is expected to start this fall. More information on public opportunities to learn about the plans for Stage 2 will be shared in the coming months.
The next phase of engagement on the pedestrian/cyclist bridge is expected to commence this fall.