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Yellowhead Trail is becoming a freeway. This means 3 lanes of free-flowing traffic in each direction. The target speed will be 80km/hr. To do this, current signalized intersections and access on or off Yellowhead Trail will need to be removed and 2 new interchanges will be built. Road users will exit and enter Yellowhead Trail at the nearest interchange or a new parallel service road.

For some areas of the Yellowhead Trail, we are further along in the design process as concept planning is finished. In other areas, like 127 Street and 121 Street, concept planning will start in 2019.

Top 8 Things to Know about the Yellowhead Trail Freeway Conversion Program

About the Program

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 to and within 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.


  • Uninterrupted travel in eastbound and westbound directions will reduce travel delays
  • Reduction in collision rates
  • Improved access through the use of interchanges
  • Reduction in emissions
  • Improved goods and service movement

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.


The overall freeway conversion will be complete by the end of 2026. Construction will begin on some roadways and areas connecting to Yellowhead Trail in 2019 but some of the larger more significant projects on Yellowhead Trail itself will not begin until 2020. Below is the estimated overall program schedule.

Yellowhead Trail Freeway Conversion Program Schedule

Various construction projects are included in the Yellowhead Trail Freeway Conversion Program with construction timing being coordinated with consideration for efficiency and to minimize impacts to the public.

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