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.
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 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
The overall Freeway Conversion program will be complete 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 projects 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.