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The information below includes summaries of past public engagement and previous study updates for the Terwillegar Drive Concept Planning Study. 

Project History

Public Information Session: September 2019

Thank you to everyone who joined the September 18 public information session at St. Thomas More Parish to view the recommended concept plan for Stage 1. Project staff were available to answer any questions as residents learned more about the updates for transit users, motorists, pedestrians and cyclists, as well as next steps.

An overview of the event is presented in the Public Information Event Summary.

Event Materials:
Display Boards
Concept Plan (12MB)
Fact Sheet

Intersection Concept Plans:
Haddow Drive
23 Avenue
Rabbit Hill Road 
40 Avenue / Bulyea Road

At the information session, a video was available that showed the new movement along Terwillegar Drive including the dedicated bus lane, motor vehicle lanes and shared-use path.

Project Update: March 2019

On Thursday March 7, 2019, Terwillegar Drive was named as one of the City projects awarded provincial funding through the Alberta Community Transit (ACT) fund. This contribution of $24.6 million provides funding for dedicated bus lanes on Terwillegar Drive and follows City Council’s decision in December 2018 to fund Stage 1 of the planned upgrades to Terwillegar Drive as a part of the 2019-2022 Capital Budget.

The City is now reviewing the concept plan for Stage 1, along Terwillegar Drive between Anthony Henday Drive and Whitemud Drive. Construction is currently anticipated to begin in the spring of 2020 or 2021. The recommended plan will improve vehicle capacity, reduce congestion and delays, and improve the accommodation for transit users, pedestrians and cyclists. Stage 1 upgrades include:

  • Widening Terwillegar Drive to 4 lanes in each direction between Anthony Henday Drive and Whitemud Drive: 3 lanes for motor vehicles and 1 for transit.

  • Intersection improvements

  • A shared-use path on the east side of Terwillegar Drive

  • Continued landscape naturalization on the corridor

When complete, the recommended concept plan will be shared with area residents, community leagues, stakeholders and the public for feedback and questions. This will also be an opportunity to see how input collected from the last phase of engagement, in late 2018, was used to refine the concept plan. More information on public opportunities to view the recommended plan will be shared in late summer 2019.

November and December 2018: Public Engagement

In November and December 2018, the City hosted 2 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.

A summary of the second phase of engagement is presented in the What We Heard - November to December 2018 report.

Event Materials:

Display Boards (7MB)
Fact Sheet
Aerial View

November 2018: Draft Expressway Plan

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
October 2018: Urban Planning Committee Meeting

At the October 2, 2018 Urban Planning Committee meeting, Committee unanimously accepted a motion for the City to advance public engagement only on the expressway option for Terwillegar Drive and to prepare a profile for consideration in the 2019-2022 Capital Budget deliberations.

September 2018: Options

Throughout the summer, the City continued to develop options for Terwillegar Drive to address public priorities including:

  • Alleviating congestion quickly on Terwillegar Drive
  • Accommodating all current direct accesses to neighbourhoods
  • Minimizing traffic diversions through neighbourhoods
  • Improving accommodation of transit users, pedestrians and cyclists

After analyzing the public and technical needs, an expressway was identified as one of the potential options, in addition to the freeway plan, that could address the public priorities and provide a solution for Terwillegar Drive. An expressway is a high-capacity roadway with intersections that would allow access to communities and amenities. All modes of transportation including motorist, public transit, pedestrians and cyclists can also be accommodated with an expressway option.

The City presented an information report to Urban Planning Committee on October 2 regarding the freeway and the new expressway option, and a revised public engagement plan for the Terwillegar Drive concept planning study. City staff recommended additional engagement be conducted with area residents, communities, organizations, businesses and commuters prior to recommending a long-term plan.

August 2018: Notice of Motion from City Council

Following the February 27, 2018 Notice of Motion from City Council, the City is continuing to explore options for Terwillegar Drive which will improve congestion, maintain neighbourhood access and include opportunities for transit, pedestrians and cyclists.  

The next phase of public engagement will begin this Fall, when the City will reconnect with and update community organizations, area residents, businesses, and the public. This will be an opportunity to provide feedback and perspectives on the next stage of planning and how it addresses priorities and concerns which were shared during the last phase of engagement in January 2018, including:

  • Alleviating congestion

  • Maintaining existing direct access to Terwillegar Drive from adjacent neighbourhoods

  • Minimizing traffic congestion and diversions through area neighbourhoods

  • Improving connections for pedestrians, cyclists and transit

  • Minimizing noise and improving safety

Project Update: January 2018

In fall 2017, the City of Edmonton initiated this study to update the approved concept plan for the Terwillegar Drive corridor, between Whitemud Drive and Anthony Henday Drive, considering current roadway standards, travel demand and population projections, and to advance preliminary engineering of the 40 Avenue interchange.

Project Update - January 2018

Public Engagement: November 2017 to February 2018

The initial phase of public engagement was designed to gather priorities and perspectives for the City to consider in the validation and updating of the approved concept for Terwillegar Drive, and to gather feedback and perspectives on several high-level freeway configuration solutions and interchange design options. Engagement activities were conducted with community organizations, area residents, businesses, the public and commuters.

On January 24, the City held a public meeting to engage with residents, businesses, communities, and other stakeholders during the initial steps of the study. Attendance was high with over 480 interested citizens taking this opportunity to share priorities and perspectives for the study, and to share input on draft freeway design options.

A summary of the initial phase of engagement is presented in the What We Heard report.

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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For More Information

Terwillegar Drive Project Team

Email terwillegardrive@edmonton.ca

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