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Background

In 2011-2012, the City of Edmonton completed and endorsed a strategic plan for the development of Yellowhead Trail to become a freeway. This expansion is part of Edmonton’s Transportation Master Plan and will help to move goods and services more efficiently through this part of the City. The proposed plan will improve traffic flow along Yellowhead Trail as traffic volumes continue to grow and will significantly improve safety at several high-collision locations.

Yellowhead Trail has mature and fully developed areas on both the north and south sides of the roadway which have been a key consideration in developing the proposed strategy. Depending upon the scale of improvement within the corridor, some property acquisition will be required.

Timing

The overall Freeway Conversion program is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2026. Construction could begin as early as 2019 in some areas of the corridor, but some of the larger more significant project will likely not begin until after 2020. Various construction projects are included in the overall conversion of Yellowhead Trail to a freeway, and construction timing will be coordinated considering efficiency and to minimize impacts to the public. As the construction timing becomes clearer, updates will be shared with the public.

Funding

On December 16, 2016, the Government of Canada and the Government of Alberta joined the City of Edmonton to announce joint funding for improving the Yellowhead Trail to better accommodate current and future traffic. The federal and provincial governments are each contributing up to $241.6 million, with the City of Edmonton providing remaining funding for a total of over $1 billion.

149 Street

Project Lifecycle Concept

About the Project
A concept plan has been developed illustrating the modifications required to remove the 149 Street intersection as part of the freeway conversion. The project will eliminate the current north/south connection of 149 Street across Yellowhead Trail and includes one-way service roads that run parallel to Yellowhead Trail on the north and south sides.

142 Street and 143 Street on the north side of Yellowhead Trail will be closed, eliminating the current westbound to southbound movement to 142 Street. Access to 142 Street southbound, and to St. Albert Trail from the west, will solely be via the service road on the south side of Yellowhead Trail. There will be ramp modifications to the interchanges at 156 Street and St. Albert Trail.

The concept plan for Yellowhead Trail at 149 Street was developed after an extensive public engagement process. The City worked closely with a group of area stakeholders and members of the public to review alternatives and develop the recommended plan.

Now that funding has been approved, the next stages of design must be carried out and the necessary land acquired before construction will begin.

Concept Plans

Where We Are Now
The concept plan for this project was finalized in February 2017. Please visit the project page for more details.

127 Street Interchange

Project Lifecycle Concept

About the Project
The project includes the construction of an interchange at 127 Street, with modifications to the St. Albert Trail interchange. There will be closure of direct access to Yellowhead Trail from 130 Street, 126 Street and 124 Street, as well as alternative access to surrounding properties.

Concept planning is the first step of design for the project. It will identify the configuration of the interchange and adjacent roadways, as well as land requirements for the construction of these new facilities. An important part of concept planning is public engagement, to ensure an understanding of area needs and possible impacts of roadway changes. Stakeholder feedback will help inform the final concept plan and ongoing design considerations.

Where We Are Now
The Yellowhead Trail Strategic Plan identified that an interchange is required at 127 Street to replace the existing intersection as part of the freeway conversion. Concept planning is the next step for this project.

121 Street Interchange

Project Lifecycle Concept

About the Project
The construction of an interchange at 121 Street is a part of the Yellowhead Trail Strategic Plan. There will be closure of direct access at 107 Street with alternate access provided to surrounding properties. The interchange at 121 Street will include the upgrades required to support traffic and provide access to surrounding properties. 

Additional improvements, such as realigning local roadways and construction of cul-de-sacs, are also planned. Due to the proximity to 127 Street and the VIA rail line structures, it is likely that the 127 Street and 121 Street interchanges will need to be designed together and will ultimately be linked.

Concept planning is the first step of design for the project. It will identify the configuration of the interchange and adjacent roadways, as well as land requirements for the construction of these new facilities. An important part of concept planning is public engagement, to ensure an understanding of area needs and possible impacts of roadway changes. Stakeholder feedback will help inform the final concept plan and ongoing design considerations.

Where We Are Now
The Yellowhead Trail Strategic Plan identified that an interchange is required at 121 Street to replace the existing intersection as part of the freeway conversion. Concept planning is the next step for this project.

89 Street and 66 Street

Project Lifecycle Concept

About the Project
Following public meetings in 2011, City Council approved concept plans that included the following changes for Yellowhead Trail at 89 Street and 66 Street:

89 Street: Traffic signals will be removed and access to 89 Street and the service road from Yellowhead Trail will be closed. Pedestrian access will be maintained at 97 Street and 82 Street. On street parking along the northern service road will be removed. Some changes will also be made to the service road to widen it where it is currently constrained, improving access for large vehicles.

66 Street: There will be closure of access to Yellowhead Trail at 67 Street north and south of Yellowhead Trail, closure of access to Yellowhead Trail at 68 Street north and south of Yellowhead Trail, and closure of direct access to Yellowhead Trail from all alleys and driveways between 66 Street and 68 Street. The existing access to 62 Street from Yellowhead Trail will be closed. Internal roadway changes will create alternate connections from 61 Street to Fort Road.

Planning will continue for the complete closure of the 66 Street intersection, which includes the removal of traffic signals and exit ramps/lanes. Alternate access will be provided to surrounding properties.

Concept Plans

Where We Are Now
The concept plan for this project was presented as part of Yellowhead Trail Stage 1 Improvements. Please visit the project page for more details.

Fort Road Widening

Project Lifecycle Concept

About the Project
The project includes the widening of Fort Road to six lanes from 66 Street to Yellowhead Trail, with widening of the CN Rail underpass to the west. The clearance at the CN Rail underpass will also be increased by lowering Fort Road. Additionally, a new shared-use path will be constructed on the north side of Fort Road and a new sidewalk on the south side. A new collector roadway connection to 66 Street will be constructed, with a signalized intersection at Fort Road.

Concept Plans

Where We Are Now
The concept plan for this project was completed in December 2015.

Yellowhead Trail Widening - 50 St to North Saskatchewan River

Project Lifecycle Concept

About the Project
Yellowhead Trail will be widened to six lanes west of 50 Street to the Beverly Bridge to accommodate existing traffic and project growth along the roadway. The widening will generally occur into the median where an existing ditch is located. Minor modifications to the interchange ramps at 50 Street and Victoria Trail will be required to accommodate the widening.

Access between the eastbound and westbound lanes of Yellowhead Trail near 35 Street will be closed.

Concept Plans

Where We Are Now
The concept plan for this project was completed in August 2016.

For More Information

Yellowhead Trail Freeway Conversion

Telephone

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Email yellowhead@edmonton.ca

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