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The project has entered the procurement phase. The process will be complete by the end of 2020, with another 5 to 6 years to complete construction.

Construction Preparation

With construction planned to start in 2021, there is a significant amount of work to be done along the corridor to get ready for that important milestone. Much of the preparation work happens underground where a large network of electric, water, gas and telecommunications utility infrastructure is located. Utilities in some areas must be relocated to make way for LRT infrastructure.

Questions about this work, or the Valley Line West project, can be directed to LRTprojects@edmonton.ca or 780-496-4874.

Upcoming Construction

Downtown and Oliver
 July - early September 2020

Utility Relocation
EPCOR crews will complete water main relocations in three areas. There will be lane reductions and traffic impacts in all three construction areas. Signage will be used to manage traffic and notify pedestrian/cyclists of any necessary detours. Please see the EPCOR construction notice for full details, including the timelines for each of the three construction areas.

Stony Plain Road from 123 to 136 Street
 June - October 2020

Utility Relocation
EPCOR crews will complete water main relocations in six areas. There will be lane reductions and traffic impacts in all six construction areas. Street parking will be impacted near 135 Street from 103 to 104 Avenue. There will be a sidewalk closure along Stony Plain Road and 125 Street. Please see the EPCOR construction notice for full details, including the timelines for each of the six construction areas.

105 Street from 102 Avenue to 103 Avenue
 May 25 to end of July 2020

Utility Relocation
EPCOR crews will relocate underground utilities along 105 Street from 102 to 103 Avenue in 2 stages. Lane closures are expected on 105 Street and 102 Avenue. There will be parking impacts as well as a 2 week sidewalk closure. The bike lane at the 102 Avenue and 105 Street intersection will be closed for 2 weeks. The bus stop in the front of the Bill Rees YMCA will be relocated north. Please see the EPCOR construction notice for full details.

Under construction:

  • 105 Street from 102 to 103 Avenue: May 25 to mid-July
  • 102 Avenue and 105 Street intersection: mid-June to end of July
104 Avenue from 119 Street to 121 Street
 May 4 - mid-June 2020

Utility Relocation
EPCOR crews will relocate underground and aerial utilities in two areas. Northbound lanes on 121 Street from 104 Avenue to the Oliver Square entrance will be closed for four to five days. There will be intermittent sidewalk and crosswalk closures as well as parking impacts. The bike lane on 121 Street will be closed. Please see the EPCOR construction notice for full details. 

Areas under construction:

  • 104 Avenue from 119 to 121 Street: May 4 - early June
  • 121 Street North and South of 104 Avenue: Early May - early June
103 Avenue from 106 Street to 108 Street
 May 11 - end of July 2020

Utility Relocation
EPCOR crews will relocate underground utilities in two stages. There will be lane closures and reductions along 103 Avenue between 106 to 108 Street. Left hand turns onto 107 Street southbound from 103 Avenue westbound may be impacted. Please see the EPCOR construction notice for full details. 

Under construction:

  • 103 Avenue from 106 to 107 Street: May 11- early June
  • 103 Avenue from 107 to 108 Street: Early June - mid-July
87 Avenue to 83 Avenue from 154 Street to 170 Street
 April 13 to mid-September 2020

Utility Relocation
Epcor crews will relocate underground distribution power ducts and manholes on 87 Avenue to 83 Avenue from 156 Street to 170 Street. Overhead distribution power lines along 156 Street from north of 90 Avenue to 92 Avenue are also being relocated underground as part of this work. Epcor is completing this work in 5 stages and it is expected to take about 5 months to complete. Please review the Epcor construction notice for full details on the construction impacts during the 5 stages of work. Epcor has also provided a construction update for the work on 83 Avenue from 156 Street to 164 Street.

Areas currently under construction: 

  • 83 Avenue from 156 Street to 164 Street: April 13 to early August 2020

  • 83 Avenue from 164 Street to 170 Street: early May to mid-August 2020

  • 156 Street from 87 Avenue to 83 Avenue: early June to late August 2020

  • 154 Street from 84 Avenue to 87 Avenue and along 87 Avenue to 156 Street: mid-June to late July 2020

102 Avenue from 103 Street to 107 Street
 April 20 to early August 2020

Utility Relocation
Epcor crews will relocate underground utilities. The bike lane and sidewalk on the south side of 102 Avenue will be closed and there will be lane closures and reductions. Please review the Epcor construction notice for full details on the construction impacts during the 4 stages of work.

Areas currently under construction: 

  • 102 Avenue and 103 Street: April 20 to late July
  • 102 Avenue from 103 to 105 Street: late May to mid-June
Vacant Buildings

Crews will continue in 2020 to remove vacant buildings on City-owned properties along the Valley Line West route to make way for future construction and LRT infrastructure. No sidewalk or road closures are expected. Properties will be contained with fencing and crews will use excavators and other machinery along with large bins to remove debris and materials as work progresses.

Trees

Throughout the construction season crews will remove trees along the corridor. When possible, these trees will be relocated. Any impacts to traffic and pedestrians are expected to be minor.

About the Project

It’s the second stage of the Valley Line, an urban-style 27 km line that will operate between Mill Woods in southeast Edmonton and Lewis Farms in west Edmonton.

Learn more about the history of public engagement or the project

Procurement

Update - March 2020

The City has shortlisted 3 teams to participate in the next stage of its procurement competition for the contract to design, build and partially finance the $2.6 billion Valley Line West LRT.

Please read our industry bulletin for further details. The Fairness Report outlines how the procurement competition for the Valley Line West LRT is transparent, fair and equitable.

Background

The project entered into procurement on Tuesday January 7, 2020. The Request for Qualifications closed on Monday February 24, 2020.

The full process is expected to take just under 1 year. The successful proponent will be selected by December 2020.

Virtual Reality Video

View our 360-degree virtual reality video of the Alex Decoteau stop on the Valley Line West route. See first-hand how the Valley Line LRT will transform communities into more walkable, street-oriented places for people to live, work and play.

Valley Line West Preliminary Design

Valley Line West Booklet

Valley Line West Booklet (16 MB)

Note: All images and renderings remain subject to change and are not final. Final designs will be shared publicly when complete.

102 Street to Lewis Farms

Map Legend

Design Phase Design Phase Park and Ride Park & Ride
Elevated Elevated Public Engagement Public Engagement Meeting(s)
Bridge Bridge Stops or Stations Stops or Stations
Kiss and Ride Kiss and Ride Transit Station Transit Centre

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Sustainable Urban Integration (SUI)?

With direction from the City and 2 years of public consultation, an extensive list of LRT Design Guidelines for Sustainable Urban Integration (SUI) was established. 

SUI looks beyond the building of tracks and trains to create neighbourhoods that are safe, attractive and connected. This involves designing livable, pedestrian-friendly environments and adding enhancements that reflect the feel and character of each of the communities along the LRT corridor.

Some examples of SUI enhancements include:

  • Building shared-use pathways, sidewalks and trails
  • Adding bike lanes that connect to the City’s existing bike lane network
  • Designing pedestrian-friendly zones around stops and stations
  • Using enhanced landscaping and streetscaping along the length of the corridor to create a more natural environment
  • Incorporating organic materials such as stone and wood wherever possible

These guidelines were incorporated into the LRT Design Guide, a document that became the foundation for specific design requirements included in the Valley Line LRT - Stage 1 Project Agreement.

What is Property​ ​Acquisition and Expropriation?

City Council considered the impact on property owners when approving the route for the Valley Line LRT and ultimately selected an alignment that minimizes the need for the acquisition of private property. However, in some cases, privately-held property will need to be acquired in order for the project to move forward. Potential property needs for the Valley Line were assessed during the preliminary engineering process completed in 2013.

If a property owner and the City property agent cannot reach an agreement to purchase the property, the City may proceed with expropriation of the property as a last resort.

Why is the LRT designed to run primarily at street level, and how is it made compatible with car traffic?

The Valley Line LRT is designed to meet the overall goals of LRT expansion while fully integrating with the communities it serves. The low-floor, urban style LRT allows stops to be small, basically a raised curb and sidewalk with a shelter. Stops can be spaced closer together, making LRT accessible to more people. It costs less than elevated or subway systems.

The Valley Line LRT will run alongside traffic in designated lanes and follow the posted speed limits. The LRT will cross through an intersection during a green light and stop at a red light, just like the other vehicles on the road. The LRT may get green light priority at some intersections, but because no crossing arms will be lowered, cross-traffic won’t have to wait additional time before and after the LRT passes. As a result, increases in wait times are usually minor.

Another benefit of keeping the LRT at street level is that no overhead structures or tunnels are required. Going above or below street level creates visual and physical barriers in the community that reduce comfort and accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists moving through or within the area.

When is above or below street level considered?

There are some locations where going above or below street level are required. For instance, on Valley Line Southeast, the LRT crosses CP and CN train tracks. Due to rail safety requirements and technical difficulties with having LRT tracks and train tracks intersect, the LRT has to go above or below street level for these crossings.

At other locations, street level crossings are incompatible with the style of road. For example, going above or below street level is required when an LRT crosses over Anthony Henday Drive or any of the streets in Edmonton’s “inner ring road”; Whitemud Drive, 75 Street, Yellowhead Trail and 170 Street.

Going above or below street level is also considered where traffic volume is already causing intersection gridlock and there is no other way to provide relief.

Why not elevate or tunnel the entire LRT?

A fully elevated or underground LRT would be inconsistent with the City’s vision, and it would be very costly. This higher cost would result in a much longer time to expand the system and realize the benefits.

What would going above or below street level involve?

Going above street level would require a bridge over the intersection for the LRT vehicles to travel on. The bridge is called an elevated guideway, and consists of a single deep beam that supports the weight of the bridge, LRT vehicles, snow, rain, wind, and so on.

The elevated guideway ramps up and down for about two blocks on each side of the intersection to get to its required height. It is typically supported on large concrete piers centered below the beam, but sometimes may need to be supported on a second layer of deep beams that span across the road onto concrete columns.

Due to the close proximity of the elevated station at West Edmonton Mall going underground is not considered feasible at 178 Street. Because an LRT stop can’t be placed on a slope, going above or below street level would usually mean that LRT stops intended to be placed near the intersection would need to be either shifted further from the intersection or built above street level as well.

Building above or below street level would be a departure from the City’s vision for a sustainable, urban, integrated, low-floor LRT system designed to blend into surrounding mature communities.

An elevated crossing would be more of a visual and potentially physical barrier. Building above or below street level would involve extending the tracks above ground from the elevated West Edmonton Mall station westward to cross over 178 Street and ramp down to ground level east of 182 Street. The 182 Street LRT stop is far enough away from 178 Street that it would probably be unaffected.

How are travel time savings calculated?

Travel times are calculated using transportation modelling software to measure travel times for vehicle, LRT and traffic congestion.

If plans for Valley Line involve LRT priority is removing them an alternative to going above or below street level?

Plans call for partial priority for the LRT at some major intersections where the green signal can be extended slightly to allow the LRT to pass before it turns red.

However, the LRT may still get a red signal that will require it to stop. The assessment includes determining if a reasonable balance of intersection movements can be achieved.

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